Reflection

I found the texts by Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom to be inspiring and revolutionary in a way.  The example of the printing press in this presentation really stuck out for me because it really symbolizes the impact that technology can have on our future, and how much the education system could really use something new. Coming into this class I really had no idea who Jim Groom and Gardner Campbell were.  I had no idea what “edupunk” or DIY was and I hadn’t participated in a class through blogging before.  The most I’ve done with computers inside of a classroom was learn microsoft office and blackboard.  What I’ve learned in a couple weeks of class completely blew away the expectations I had.  I was brought up to speed on the direction that education technology is really heading in.  I thought I was getting involved in a blackboard and powerpoint class that I had to take in order to graduate on time and instead, I learned a ton of new and exciting ways to teach a class.  For example, creating my own space where my physical education students can blog and post assignments similar to the way we did in this class.

My new world of blogging.

First of all this is the link to my new blog which can be found here.

We have a new way of learning or a new teacher to turn to.  Learning through educational technologies is now something we have to look at. It is quite possible we can teach ourselves which I felt I kind of did in this class because our professor challenged us to learn on our own. The quote I liked in his personal essay was.

In building that personal cyberinfrastructure, students not only would acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives but also would engage in work that provides richly teachable moments ranging from multimodal writing to information science, knowledge management, bibliographic instruction, and social networking.

I didn’t know to expect form this class when I came here the first day. I thought for some reason we were going to teach lessons with power point honestly which is funny because of the edupunk stuff we read about. I think the coolest thing I learned was the animated gifs and uploading videos on youtube. I never really tried to upload videos on youtube and I find it funny that I have some videos on the website now. Taking this class makes me appreciate blogging now. I think the only time I really went to blogs was when I was younger when I was into video games. I wanted to know what people thought about this certain game so I would go to those blogs.  Now I know that I can use for more important stuff like my future profession or other stuff in my interest like working out. I do intend to make an effort to keep this blog and have serious issues instead of going to facebook where every one talks nonsense

Last day of Class :-(

In the video Gardner Campbell talks about “thinking the unthinkable” and how it effects the future of education. He describes the importance of how educational technologies has increased in many ways the creativity and the modeling of students around the world. It allows them to be free with what they have and gives them that ability to learn something on their own without the help of others. He questions what has cyberinfrastructuring did for you?

 Lets talk about the cyberinfrastructure you built, why did you build it that way? what does that represent about you as a learner? or as an architect?

As a result it creates this circulation of building upon others ideas to create something better, something new. It gives us that freedom to build on your abilities on how we come about something and it becomes part of our identity. Like he said why did we build it that way? It shows the person you are and gives us the advantage to come out of our boundaries and to explore other possibilities.

My Expectations…. 

I honestly wasn’t to expecting to learn much, since I took AC101 and I learned nothing new in that class, and thats what i expected same for this class. But when we first were told to do our first assignment and make an animated gif, I was like what the hell???? I don’t know how to do that and it looks so hard, but it was very simple and I really enjoyed this class, I wish I didn’t take it in the winter, cause I want to learn so much more. I feel like I learned a lot about the internet that I had not known. It feels amazing I feel like I have this power with the internet that I never had before. Everything I learned felt important. Especially when we made our own blogs, I am really excited about that, although I want  people to read my blog. However, this class is one class I paid for and it was worth it 🙂

*EXPERIENCE CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE*

According to Gardener Campbell  “Personal Cyberinfrastructure”  is what we learn through the internet with no help, just though investigating the web to help solve our problems. We as students use this space to create a personal space where we share information, for our professional career or personal life. Campbell states:

“students not only would acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives but also would engage in work that provides richly teachable moments ranging from multimodal writing to information science, knowledge management, bibliographic instruction, and social networking. Fascinating and important innovations would emerge as students are able to shape their own cognition, learning, expression, and reflection in a digital age, in a digital medium.”

“Pointing students to data buckets and conduits we’ve already made for them won’t do. Templates and training wheels may be necessary for a while, but by the time students get to college, those aids all too regularly turn into hindrances. For students who have relied on these aids, the freedom to explore and create is the last thing on their minds, so deeply has it been discouraged. Many students simply want to know what their professors want and how to give that to them. But if what the professor truly wants is for students to discover and craft their own desires and dreams, a personal cyberinfrastructure provides the opportunity. To get there, students must be effective architects, narrators, curators, and inhabitants of their own digital lives.”

The above quote is an example of what I created in my blog; I created my personal blog where I provided my opinions, and sources that can help others with their education career.  And Jim Groom reflects this also on his essay, our personal cyber space allows us as students to help each other out.

“The key here is the crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!”

 

*Reflection on AC230: 

What I expected to get out of this class was nothing close to what I have learned. I wasn’t aware of all these bloggers and their ideas on education. I expected to learn simple things but never on how to create a blog and what edupunk was etc. As the course proceeded I saw how little I really knew and how much I can incorporate what I had learned into my lessons, I found myself writing lesson plan ideas down, because the internet was something I could use for my future teaching career. The most important thing was the skills I learned with posting and embedding pictures and videos, incorporating that into my lesson plan. There wasn’t anything least important to me because everything I learned was something new and I knew at the moment that I could use that for my future lessons. Professor Smith made sure we knew what we were doing yet he allowed us to teach ourselves, after taking this course I feel like I’m capable of doing a lot more than I did before, I am definitely going to be using these techniques in my classroom.

Myspace should be mine

After watching Gardner, I came to understand that a personal online identity is very important. This basically gives you the ability to communicate with others in a whole new way. The space that a student creates has to be presentable and not in a random order. This will help the viewer to understand your points better and get a sense of who you are.  The earlier you start a personal online space the more it an grow.

an individual’s enrollment in a university or college, and when they leave that school this space will often disappear. A digital identity should be an online address one can have no matter where they are, a space where you can track that person as they move not only from being a freshman to a sophomore, but from an undergraduate to a graduate and beyond.

~ Jim Groom

The full article can be read here.

A Recruiter Image

This image I found help further explain my understanding of a personal space. It starts with you and the community you belong with (University). But it can expand to other mediums and can help you to further communicate and share ideas.

AC 230

When I signed up for AC 230, I had no idea what to expect or who taught it. But when I found out that Michael Smith was teaching it I knew it will be a unique class. Unique in the sense that we will be doing things on our own and not using blackboard. Previously before the class I had seen the techniques used in other classes but I never incorporated in whatever I did. But this class was the first and I enjoyed it. The whole class was a experiment which made me feel comfortable because we weren’t restricted to what York College says we should do or use. So this class gave us freedom. The thing I enjoyed doing the most was animated Gifs and DS106. Definitely a good thing to learn (Gifs). The thing that was not as important to me was the whole K-12 educational system mainly because I know I am no teacher nor do I have the skills. So it was a bit annoying doing the whole K-12 thingy. Other than that I have no complains. The class was fun.

The link to my new blog can be found here.

 

 

 

*I’M A DIGITAL GIRL*

What is a personal cyberinfrastructure? A personal cyberinfrastructure is making a space online for academic, personal, and professional reasons.

…students would build a personal cyberinfrastructure, one they would continue to modify and extend throughout their college career — and beyond.

 

An example of my personal cyberinfrastructure is my blog. I am delighted that I will be able to keep my personal cyberinfrastructure even after college.

To provide students the guidance they need to reach these goals, faculty and staff must be willing to lead by example — to demonstrate and discuss, as fellow learners, how they have created and connected their own personal cyberinfrastructures.

 

Professor Smith made sure he did every assignment with the class, so we had a better understanding. I am very thankful for that. Some professors like to assign work that they never discussed in class. This is one way students grow to dislike professors.

Every campus should be a digital campus. Classes would definitely be more engaging. Since we are in the 21st century, everyone should begin to frame their online identity.

A digital identity should be an online address one can have no matter where they are, a space where you can track that person as they move not only from being a freshman to a sophomore, but from an undergraduate to a graduate and beyond.

 

This quote sums up why everyone should have a personal cyberinfrastructure.

Reflection of Academic Computing 230 ~ Academic Computing 230 was a very interesting class. I did not expect to have this much fun. Everything I learned in this class was new to me. Every day I accomplished something different. I am very proud of myself. The day I was asked to make a video and upload it to YouTube, I wanted to cry. With the help of the Internet, I completed that assignment. This class taught me several things that I will pass on to others. I can now say that I am technologically advanced. I love having my own digital space. I will definitely use technology in my future classroom. There is absolutely nothing I would change about this class. I now have a DIY attitude, thanks to this class. Thank you very much Professor Smith :-).

My Learning Space is My Environment – How about you?

As I watched the Gardner video he points out three major points. The first is Narrating which should involve both teachers and students. Gardner wants students to discover things on their own by investigating, exploring, blogging and creating their own virtual space that students can build. He talks about Cyberinfrastructure and wants students to be the architects and create, produce and communicate with others. Next Gardner talked about Curating which he wants students, professors and others to arrange there space so when others come to visit they can understand and get a sense of your identity. Lastly, Gardner explains sharing which is us putting ourselves out there which is very valuable and a great way to communicate.

Some of the Gardner’s quotes

..”We are entering the new age of education that is programed for discovery rather than instruction.” The word Discovery stood out to me because it leads to a Do It Yourself Attitude in my opinion rather than just having instructions read to you.

Well what will i say with that? What do you want to say? I don’t know, just tell me what you want me to write.” I like this quote because some students are lazy to go out and discover on their own their own they just want there teachers to tell them what do and that’s it.

I’d like to think students life begin life’s work when they come to school.”

I got this Video Here

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I got this Video Here

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Before I took this class AC 230, I took AC 101 which was completely different from AC 230. In my AC 101 class the Professor did not challenge us like my Professor in AC 230. In AC 101 it was a hybrid class as well but the Professor would just give us readings to do and I’m guilty of not do the readings because there were no assignments to followup on those readings just quizzes on the Boring Blackboard that was only for our use and practice. I am so HAPPY and i wish there really were more Professors like Professor Smith who lets us learn on our own and gives us assignments that when I walk out of the classroom I ‘ve actually learned something BRAND NEW. I am excited to communicate with my classmates about their work and getting there feedback along with my Professor which is very helpful. I learned so many things such as how to edit pictures in pixIr, how to edit a photo in Photoshop, how to make a video and upload it to YouTube. From taking this class I now have my own Blog which I am still building, growing, learning, exploring and discovering and I’m enjoying every moment of it. Enjoy it ..

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Here is a link to my reflection on the texts of Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom by finding

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I was computer illiterate before taking Academic Computing 230. I was scared to use  a computer  before because I was afraid to  click on any other  tools  on an application  that  I was not familiar with. If the computer in my house were not to be working properly, everyone would point at me.  During the course of Academic Computing 230, I have overcome that fear. I have learned to explore many applications and its tools. YouTube and Professor Smith have helped me overcome my struggle. I have never used YouTube so much before this class. Now that I do use YouTube, I am amazed with what it can help us do. I have become somewhat of an Edupunk now. I strongly believe in Jim Groom’s DIY theory, which Professor Smith enforced in our class. Professor Smith’s do it yourself strategy really helped me through the process because he wanted everyone in the class to first  try and figure things out on our own. You can even check my blog to see how far I have advanced with my technology skills. I am extremely proud of myself.

According to the article, “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” by Gardener Campbell, web would help students “build a personal cyberinfrastructure where they would play with wikis and blogs; they would tinker and begin to assemble a platform to support their publishing, their archiving, their importing and exporting, their internal and external information connections. They would become, in myriad small but important ways, system administrators for their own digital lives, one they would continue to modify and extend throughout their college career — and beyond.”  According to Gardener Campbell,  “in building that personal cyberinfrastructure, students not only would acquire crucial technical skills for their digital lives but also would engage in work that provides richly teachable moments ranging from multimodal writing to information science, knowledge management, bibliographic instruction, and social networking. Fascinating and important innovations would emerge as students are able to shape their own cognition, learning, expression, and reflection in a digital age, in a digital medium. Students would frame, curate, share, and direct their own “engagement streams” throughout the learning environment.” Furthermore, in the article, “A domain of one’s own” by Reverend, he states “as Brad Kozlek suggested recently in this post, “[the] blog is a tool for students to craft their digital identity with intention.” The key here is the crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!” This will help frame one’s digital identity and help him or her become an independent thinker.

Professor Smith has given his students the freedom to explore and create and express things on our their minds by using technology and motivating us to create our own space, which is our blog. I have learned things I did not expect to learn in this class. This class was a great hand on experience and I loved it! I figured it would have been just like all my other classes where I just sit and take notes to memorize about different parts of the computer and its applications. However, this was not the case. Professor Smith amazed me the first day when he had the class actually work with the computers, which allowed us to think outside the box. This class was a great experience!

Texts of Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom

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After reading the texts of Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom, I learned that technology is bringing a big change in our society, especially in our teaching and learning style. The following picture shows my understanding of the text by Campbell.

According to my understanding, a personal cyberinfrastcuture  is a computer system used by individuals having their ownership in that system.

I agree with both writers of the text that we are living in the century, in which, we believe in doing rather than watching and believing in what others say. According to the texts, the technology is great way to have your personal space online.    Both Groom and Campbell believe in independent learning, which I also agree with. In our class, I believe that we all learned everything independently. We did get the ideas from Prof. Smith, but we learned to use technology by figuring out everything. I believe that our class is an example of Groom and Campbell’s ideas. Jim Groom states:

we are in a situation where many of our students and faculty are using tools like blogs and wikis to trace the work they are doing, both as part of a course as well as independent thinkers.

Groom says that the only question that comes up is how to save identity and have your own space by stating:

The key here is the crafting of an identity with a purpose, the conscious consideration and creation of one’s professional/academic identity online: a domain of one’s own!

It is important to have one’s own digital space since it is important to protect identity. Having you own digital space means that you can teach and learn in your own comfort, feeling as its your classroom.

When thinking of education 230, I heard that it is all about making presentations and creating lessons in digital ways and it seems a lot of work. When I entered this classroom, I found out that it is going to be a fun learning. As approaching the end to this course, I believe I have learned something different from what students used to tell me who took this course earlier. I did not find this course to be a lot of work. I learned many new techniques that are going to help me in future as being an educator. I love this idea of open learning, which not only makes life easy, but also creates educators who will make their future students’ life easier. The most important thing in this course was creating our own work and then making our own personal digital space. I do not think their was anything least important, since I had to learn everything from the basic steps. All the assignments were important in learning what I have learned by now.

Last efforts

I am going to start out of order in the second part of this assignment, and explain/ describe what I expected to get out of this class. Honestly I thought this class was going to be boring, textbook reading type of class. Partly because the technology that I’ve seen used in the classroom are graphing calculator, overhead projectors (which are ancient), smart boards (which are new) and Elmos (which I would only think a few schools actually have them at their disposition). And I didn’t think we were actually going to learn all that I did learn now. I thought we were going to go through the basics power point, Microsoft word, etc. But when you professor told us that we were going to blog, create assignments using free tools etc. I was very skeptical.  What I got most of this class, is what your goal was all along Professor, to get me to think out of the box and use technology in ways I’ve never imagined could be possible to design assignments for my future students.  And I can honestly say that everything you taught us was important, from the philosophical way the thinkers you exposed us to the way we can use free software to create artwork.  I like the idea that Gardner stated in his article “A personal Cyber infrastructure” in which he said: “…few people understood how to bring students into this world, aside from assigning them e-mail addresses during orientation”. And I find this to still be true among professors that I’ve met. I think that his idea of requiring incoming students to create their cyber space is essential (“they are assigned their own web servers…”), if we are to keep up with the technological advances that have arrive and will arrive.  I see that Jim Groom agrees with this idea of giving students their own domain :”So, how might all this change if we actually purchased everyone* on campus a domain for one year (at the tune of roughly $36,000) and framed the experience in such a way that all students, staff, and professors were able to easily setup and control their online identity through their own domain (something like jimgroom.net)”. And feel this strongly about it because a particular teacher couldn’t simply use blackboard despite the fact that there were tutorial services available to her on this campus, and that hinder my learning experience in that particular class.