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Are We Amusing  Ourselves to    Death?With a tip of the cap to Neil Postman
Barry Dahl dot com
Clicker Time• Grab your clicker• First, some  demographics.
Gender & Life Experience                                                45%1. Female, < 40 yrs.                           ...
New Technology Adoption                       50%1.The Keen                           45%2.The Masses3.The Stubborn       ...
Take your Pick                       65%1. Cubs          35%2. Sox                bs                         x            ...
Faculty Perspective• For the next two clicker statements –• Put on your faculty hat, regardless of  whether you actually h...
Entertaining Students is        NOT my Job43%   1. Fact57%      2. Whack
Engaging Students is          NOT my Job4%    1. Fact96%      2. Whack
Not this kind of entertainment
A Tupperware (or Bridge) Party
Who said this?“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education & entertainment doesnt know the first thing about ...
Nowthis...
Which of the following describe you?61%   1.   Bought 3+ things online last month83%   2.   Use online banking services96%...
What is Web 2.0?
Select each site where you           have an account.70%    1.   Facebook30%    2.   Twitter48%    3.   LinkedIn30%    4. ...
Which of these devices           do you have?61%   1.   Smartphone57%   2.   Tablet (iPad or similar)22%   3.   e-Reader (...
The most wired are198.18   The Keen188.89   Female, 40 + yrs.                      Team Scores186.67   Sox170      Male, <...
Nowthis...
e-Learning Alphabet A           Z
e-Learning AlphabetE-Learning Atheists                                E-Learning Zealots            My images: rights rese...
The e-Learning BattleE-Learning Atheists   • These are the                        naysayers.                      • They a...
Sample Atheist CommentOnline education is fake-education.       It is not "real".  Convenient? Yes.       Profitable? Yes....
e-Atheists Viewpoints1. Online students are missing the “true”   college experience.2. Online students are lonely.3. Onlin...
The e-Learning Battle• The Zealots are those  that tout the benefits  of online learning  without having any  evidence to ...
Sample Zealot Comment• And here we are, in 2011, fer  cryin‘aloud, with dodgy naysayers STILL  kicking and screaming and t...
A to Z Continuum0       3     7    10
Your Spot from A to Z0%    A.   023%   B.   364%      C.   714%      D.   10
Who said this?“I dont necessarily agree with everything I say.”
Nowthis...
Speaking ofTwitter …….
Twitter is Stupid!!!68%   1. Twue32%      2. False
Twue Enough100     Male, < 40 yrs.100     The Stubborn70               Team Scores        The Keen70      The Masses66.67 ...
Twitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebookmakes me hate people I know in real life. @shaylamaddox
Networked Learning• Don’t Buy the Book!• Absorb the concept.• I learn more every day  from my Twitter  network than I ever...
Nowthis...
Some people are great multi-taskers
Multi-tasking is a Myth• Great Book• Brain Rules,  by Dr. John  Medina
Multi-taskingTask SwitchingMulti-distracting
More Brain Rules71%   1.   Male & female brains work differently67%   2.   A memory can be “made” very quickly52%   3.   B...
The Brainiest about Brains100     Male, < 40 yrs.100     The Stubborn Team Scores92.86   Female, 40 + yrs.83.33   The Keen...
Nowthis...
Predictably Irrational         • Why do we splurge on           a lavish meal and cut           coupons to save 25        ...
Chocolate Break• Lindt Truffle   • Hershey Kiss
Which candy would you buy?65%    1. Lindt Truffle = 15¢35%    2. Hershey Kiss = 1¢
Who Wants a Kiss?50      Female, < 40 yrs.50      The Masses   Team Scores45.45   Sox44.44   Female, 40 + yrs.42.86   Male...
The Power of Free15¢ Truffles, 1¢ Kisses   14¢ Truffles, Free Kisses                   27%                          69%   ...
Who said this?“I wouldnt have seen it if I hadnt believed it.”
Nowthis...
Neil Postman• Public Discourse  in the Age of  Show Business• Published 1985
1985How about a memory refresherabout what the world was likein 1984-1985?
LeadersSoviet Union
Leaders Who lost toReagan in ’84?
Sports Who lost theWorld Series in   1984?
Television  Name the top- rated televisionshows in 1984-85
Television   Name the mostpopular televangelists     in 1984-85
Television Name the news anchors for the“Big 3” networks
Marketing   Tagline forAmerican ExpressTravelers Checks
TechnologyHow old was the  Macintosh  computer?
Amusing Ourselves to Death• Many of the  remarks he made  about television  can be made  today about  computers and  socia...
Graphics by Stuart McMillen
Which of these books have             you read?30%    1. 19840%     2. Brave New World39%    3. Both of them30%    4. Neit...
1 million on Facebook
To the videos
Graphics by Stuart McMillen• All words from “Amusing  Ourselves to Death: Public  Discourse in the Age of Show  Business” ...
My Take on Postman• Web 1.0 was just another one-way  distraction device, very TV-like.• However, Web 2.0 goes beyond  amu...
Related Questions• How does the use of emerging  technologies add value?• If we aren’t adding value, are we  simply trying...
Nowthis...
Encourage Creativity  In any and all subjects
Example:     1st   week intros in LMS• Why not throw away  this tired, old  assignment?• "Please post an  introduction of ...
Example:     1st   week intros in LMS• Why not throw away     • Hello!!!!!!!!!! My  this tired, old          name is Barry...
Example:   1st   week introsMade for free at toondoo.com
Comic Strips can be Embedded in Discussions
Nowthis...
Writing papers isan important part of learning and  of college life
But so is learning  to use other  modalities of   expression
Consider whereDigital Storytellingmight fit into your    curriculum
Digital Storytelling          • Bryan Alexander
Hey Barry, what’s the significance of               ↓          Now          this...
Who said this?“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.”
Nowthis...
Is this Innovation or Insanity?Culture, Gender, and Identity – taught with World of Warcraft              CC Flickr photo ...
Is this Innovation or Insanity?History of Rock-n-Roll Music course – taught with Guitar Hero                              ...
Take your pick84%   1.Innovation16%   2.Insanity
Who said insanity?50      Female, < 40 yrs.22.22   The Keen     Team Scores20      Male, 40 + yrs.14.29   Female, 40 + yrs...
How amusing is    that?
Who said this?“We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.”
Nowthis...
How Well Do You Know Your Students?    What do They Expect from       Online Learning?
Option 1 - PSOL
2009 PSOL – Summary StatementSo far, how has your college experience met your expectations?      7=Much better than expect...
But seriously…
In so many words …   they expect
EASY
QUICK
SOLO
FLEXIBLE
SPORADIC
What is Web 2.0?
Nowthis...
Who said this?“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”
Who said this?“The medium isthe message”
Marshall McLuhan
Are We AmusingOurselves to Death? And other book learnin’Final word from Postman?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
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Governors Sate U - Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?

  1. 1. Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?With a tip of the cap to Neil Postman
  2. 2. Barry Dahl dot com
  3. 3. Clicker Time• Grab your clicker• First, some demographics.
  4. 4. Gender & Life Experience 45%1. Female, < 40 yrs. 35%2. Female, 40 + yrs.3. Male, < 40 yrs. 10% 10%4. Male, 40 + yrs. .. ... . . s. . s. . y. +y yr yr 40 40 40 + < 0 e, e, ,4 ,< al al ale ale m m M M Fe Fe
  5. 5. New Technology Adoption 50%1.The Keen 45%2.The Masses3.The Stubborn 5% s en n se or Ke as bb M e u Th e St Th e Th
  6. 6. Take your Pick 65%1. Cubs 35%2. Sox bs x So Cu
  7. 7. Faculty Perspective• For the next two clicker statements –• Put on your faculty hat, regardless of whether you actually have one
  8. 8. Entertaining Students is NOT my Job43% 1. Fact57% 2. Whack
  9. 9. Engaging Students is NOT my Job4% 1. Fact96% 2. Whack
  10. 10. Not this kind of entertainment
  11. 11. A Tupperware (or Bridge) Party
  12. 12. Who said this?“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education & entertainment doesnt know the first thing about either.”
  13. 13. Nowthis...
  14. 14. Which of the following describe you?61% 1. Bought 3+ things online last month83% 2. Use online banking services96% 3. Have Wi-Fi in your house26% 4. You have 5+ cloud documents48% 5. You can define the term “Web 2.0”0% 6. None of the above are true
  15. 15. What is Web 2.0?
  16. 16. Select each site where you have an account.70% 1. Facebook30% 2. Twitter48% 3. LinkedIn30% 4. Google Plus57% 5. You Tube13% 6. None of the above
  17. 17. Which of these devices do you have?61% 1. Smartphone57% 2. Tablet (iPad or similar)22% 3. e-Reader (not #2 above)96% 4. Laptop computer74% 5. mp3 player4% 6. None of the above
  18. 18. The most wired are198.18 The Keen188.89 Female, 40 + yrs. Team Scores186.67 Sox170 Male, < 40 yrs.168.57 Male, 40 + yrs.146 The Masses140 The Stubborn110 Female, < 40 yrs.
  19. 19. Nowthis...
  20. 20. e-Learning Alphabet A Z
  21. 21. e-Learning AlphabetE-Learning Atheists E-Learning Zealots My images: rights reserved
  22. 22. The e-Learning BattleE-Learning Atheists • These are the naysayers. • They are the non- believers when it comes to online learning. • In fact, they’re pretty sure that it’s the DEVIL. 23
  23. 23. Sample Atheist CommentOnline education is fake-education. It is not "real". Convenient? Yes. Profitable? Yes.Popular with students who mostly justwant a "degree"? Yes.And it is garbage in the end. Source: http://chronicle.com/article/How-Big-Can-E-Learning-Get-At/128809/ 24
  24. 24. e-Atheists Viewpoints1. Online students are missing the “true” college experience.2. Online students are lonely.3. Online students can’t possibly learn as much.4. Online students are being ripped off.
  25. 25. The e-Learning Battle• The Zealots are those that tout the benefits of online learning without having any evidence to back it up.• Zealots begin many of their sentences with “one time there was this one student …” E-Learning Zealots 26
  26. 26. Sample Zealot Comment• And here we are, in 2011, fer cryin‘aloud, with dodgy naysayers STILL kicking and screaming and throwing fits in regards (sic) to online teaching and learning. Get over it, already – the days of having students seated around your flowing toga in utter awe of your knowledge and acumen are LONG GONE. Welcome to the present. Source: http://chronicle.com/article/How-Big-Can-E-Learning-Get-At/128809/ 27
  27. 27. A to Z Continuum0 3 7 10
  28. 28. Your Spot from A to Z0% A. 023% B. 364% C. 714% D. 10
  29. 29. Who said this?“I dont necessarily agree with everything I say.”
  30. 30. Nowthis...
  31. 31. Speaking ofTwitter …….
  32. 32. Twitter is Stupid!!!68% 1. Twue32% 2. False
  33. 33. Twue Enough100 Male, < 40 yrs.100 The Stubborn70 Team Scores The Keen70 The Masses66.67 Female, 40 + yrs.66.67 Male, 40 + yrs.60 Sox50 Female, < 40 yrs.
  34. 34. Twitter makes me like people I’ve never met and Facebookmakes me hate people I know in real life. @shaylamaddox
  35. 35. Networked Learning• Don’t Buy the Book!• Absorb the concept.• I learn more every day from my Twitter network than I ever did in school.• (Blasphemy, I know)
  36. 36. Nowthis...
  37. 37. Some people are great multi-taskers
  38. 38. Multi-tasking is a Myth• Great Book• Brain Rules, by Dr. John Medina
  39. 39. Multi-taskingTask SwitchingMulti-distracting
  40. 40. More Brain Rules71% 1. Male & female brains work differently67% 2. A memory can be “made” very quickly52% 3. Brain works better w/the body at rest62% 4. You learn while you sleep24% 5. None of the above are true
  41. 41. The Brainiest about Brains100 Male, < 40 yrs.100 The Stubborn Team Scores92.86 Female, 40 + yrs.83.33 The Keen55 Sox50 Male, 40 + yrs.50 The Masses
  42. 42. Nowthis...
  43. 43. Predictably Irrational • Why do we splurge on a lavish meal and cut coupons to save 25 cents on a can of soup? • What is behavioral economics and where all of these free lunches?
  44. 44. Chocolate Break• Lindt Truffle • Hershey Kiss
  45. 45. Which candy would you buy?65% 1. Lindt Truffle = 15¢35% 2. Hershey Kiss = 1¢
  46. 46. Who Wants a Kiss?50 Female, < 40 yrs.50 The Masses Team Scores45.45 Sox44.44 Female, 40 + yrs.42.86 Male, 40 + yrs.27.27 The Keen
  47. 47. The Power of Free15¢ Truffles, 1¢ Kisses 14¢ Truffles, Free Kisses 27% 69% 31%73%
  48. 48. Who said this?“I wouldnt have seen it if I hadnt believed it.”
  49. 49. Nowthis...
  50. 50. Neil Postman• Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business• Published 1985
  51. 51. 1985How about a memory refresherabout what the world was likein 1984-1985?
  52. 52. LeadersSoviet Union
  53. 53. Leaders Who lost toReagan in ’84?
  54. 54. Sports Who lost theWorld Series in 1984?
  55. 55. Television Name the top- rated televisionshows in 1984-85
  56. 56. Television Name the mostpopular televangelists in 1984-85
  57. 57. Television Name the news anchors for the“Big 3” networks
  58. 58. Marketing Tagline forAmerican ExpressTravelers Checks
  59. 59. TechnologyHow old was the Macintosh computer?
  60. 60. Amusing Ourselves to Death• Many of the remarks he made about television can be made today about computers and social networking Hey Barry! Read something!
  61. 61. Graphics by Stuart McMillen
  62. 62. Which of these books have you read?30% 1. 19840% 2. Brave New World39% 3. Both of them30% 4. Neither of them
  63. 63. 1 million on Facebook
  64. 64. To the videos
  65. 65. Graphics by Stuart McMillen• All words from “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business” by Neil Postman … a book about the possibility that Huxley, not Orwell, was right.
  66. 66. My Take on Postman• Web 1.0 was just another one-way distraction device, very TV-like.• However, Web 2.0 goes beyond amusement by bringing people together and encouraging creativity.
  67. 67. Related Questions• How does the use of emerging technologies add value?• If we aren’t adding value, are we simply trying to amuse ourselves?
  68. 68. Nowthis...
  69. 69. Encourage Creativity In any and all subjects
  70. 70. Example: 1st week intros in LMS• Why not throw away this tired, old assignment?• "Please post an introduction of yourself to the rest of the class on the discussion board."
  71. 71. Example: 1st week intros in LMS• Why not throw away • Hello!!!!!!!!!! My this tired, old name is Barry. I live in assignment? Superior with my beautiful wife. I have• "Please post an 2 ½ kids & 3 ½ dogs introduction of and I just can’t wait yourself to the rest to learn all about the of the class on the wonderful world of discussion board." accounting!!!!!!!!!
  72. 72. Example: 1st week introsMade for free at toondoo.com
  73. 73. Comic Strips can be Embedded in Discussions
  74. 74. Nowthis...
  75. 75. Writing papers isan important part of learning and of college life
  76. 76. But so is learning to use other modalities of expression
  77. 77. Consider whereDigital Storytellingmight fit into your curriculum
  78. 78. Digital Storytelling • Bryan Alexander
  79. 79. Hey Barry, what’s the significance of ↓ Now this...
  80. 80. Who said this?“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.”
  81. 81. Nowthis...
  82. 82. Is this Innovation or Insanity?Culture, Gender, and Identity – taught with World of Warcraft CC Flickr photo by glenn.batuyong
  83. 83. Is this Innovation or Insanity?History of Rock-n-Roll Music course – taught with Guitar Hero CC Flickr photo By 5th Ape
  84. 84. Take your pick84% 1.Innovation16% 2.Insanity
  85. 85. Who said insanity?50 Female, < 40 yrs.22.22 The Keen Team Scores20 Male, 40 + yrs.14.29 Female, 40 + yrs.12.5 The Masses10 Sox
  86. 86. How amusing is that?
  87. 87. Who said this?“We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us.”
  88. 88. Nowthis...
  89. 89. How Well Do You Know Your Students? What do They Expect from Online Learning?
  90. 90. Option 1 - PSOL
  91. 91. 2009 PSOL – Summary StatementSo far, how has your college experience met your expectations? 7=Much better than expected Overall score6=Quite a bit better than I expected 5.0 5=Better than I expected 4=About what I expected 3=Worse than I expected2=Quite a bit worse than I expected 1=Much worse than expected 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30%
  92. 92. But seriously…
  93. 93. In so many words … they expect
  94. 94. EASY
  95. 95. QUICK
  96. 96. SOLO
  97. 97. FLEXIBLE
  98. 98. SPORADIC
  99. 99. What is Web 2.0?
  100. 100. Nowthis...
  101. 101. Who said this?“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”
  102. 102. Who said this?“The medium isthe message”
  103. 103. Marshall McLuhan
  104. 104. Are We AmusingOurselves to Death? And other book learnin’Final word from Postman?

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