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Everyone thank you for all your wishes and caring for my mom. She’s little better than yesterday. I felt bad for missing last of the class. Wishing all of a best of luck for spring semester. And professor Smith wishing you best of luck on your teaching as well. I m sorry for not giving the link to my blog site.

here is the link..

http://pearlofheaven.wordpress.com/

Thanks once again to all of you….

E-Ages learning

This maybe is my last post on this website, but I like this class, i wasn’t expect the class is going like this. Pretty much we just figure things out that what our professor told us to do, and we just do so, we might never try those things out, might will never try it, it’s something new for us to learn by our self, and I think it’s fun to do that. When I registered this class, I thought it will be another class just learn what teacher tell us to do and we learn how to do stuff from teacher. But Prof. Smith ask us to figure out for most the technology tools and other stuff, and I think it’s awesome to experience something new for our self. But it’s kind of sucks to figure out stuff by yourself, and the finals it feels worth it!

Prof. Smith is the teacher from my AC230 class, he use the internet and technology tools to let us to experience the Edupunk and DIY learning.

As a E-ages, people need their own space to learn and doing things, people creating their own world with the cyber/internet. The cyber world is similar then the internet, but it’s something like alphabet.

“helping students understand cyberinfrastructure, and how to build one for themselves to be argertacse to thwir own digital life.”

Gardner Campbell he believe student create their own cyber life, and let them to discover by themselves. It’s relay to Jim Groom’s idea about Edupunk, let people learning stuff and figure/make up their own learning situation as themselves.

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 🙂

My little space in the cyber world.

Posting this assignment on the behalf of Zaybin, Jamika (JESS): It is really unfortunate that her mother got into serious accident yesterday. since no one is at her house, she is at the hospital with her mother. I am replying this message that Zaybin Jamika will not be present in the class tomorrow. Attention to Professor Smith: she has urged you to excuse her absence due to this emergency situation. She has e-mailed this work to post. I hope it would be granted and requesting prayer for her mother’s fast recovery.Thank You..

ACE230 teaching with multimedia: Before I attend the class, I  thought this class consists of typical power point presentation and other tools that teachers use to teach in a classroom environment. As I start to do my course works for the class, my entire perception changed. I learn new style of teaching which is creating blogs online. I never heard about blog to teach a class. This class taught me how to create a blog, make it presentable for my classmates, sharing information through comment on each other posts. Most importantly, Edupunk’s-DIY assignment was really helpful for me. it has increased my self-confidence and helped me to believe in me that i can do my own work when no is available to assist me. Another important lesson that I learned is how to create poll through G-mail and share with classmates. I had no idea how to do it before. This class has helped me to portray an ideology that how I would teach my own class. Throughout the session, Professor  was really helpful and productive. He also kept us busy with interesting assignments that I never felt the long duration of the class session. Individually, I did not know any of my classmates. However,  exchanging comments and giving constructive feedback on the posts, I have known about their capabilities and talents. Overall, lesson from this class were really helpful that I will be able to utilize in my professional career as a teacher.

My rationalization and understanding to Gardner Campbell’s “a personal cyber infrastructure” is similar to having a own space in our house where we decorate the way we feel the best.  We tell people this is my space and create an identity for that little space in the digital web world. It is really fascinating when Gardner Campbell reveals cyber infrastructure as “Bag of Gold” meaning that any we do of our own and keep it in our cyber house, it will remain as bag of knowledge that will be equivalent to gold in the future. When we digitize our work as blog or post in online, it makes it more reachable than our documents that keep in our house. In the era of our digital life, if we create an infrastructure in the web, it brings availability of information to other people as well. They can find my work online, see comments, and use it for their need. By establishing cyber identity, it enhances my self-awareness and motivates me to do better work because I can obtain recognition of my work. If I want to build my cyber house,  it will have to keep believing in Jim Groom’s the notion of Edupunk’s theory and develop myself cyber identity in the contemporary digital community.

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*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.

Edupunk – Where is all of this headed?

Learning to Change-Changing to Learn

The open learning movement has taken the world by storm, especially in the area of higher education. The possibilities of the internet seem endless and innovators and ed techs are constantly creating tools and coming up with ideas to make learning more accessible and at a lesser cost. But the established institutions are not taking this threat lightly. They have acknowledged open education but have worked their way into it and have set up proprietary rights. Jim Groom and Brian Lamb in their article, Never Mind the Edupunks; or, The Great Web 2.0 Swindle have warned about the dangers of this infiltration and the overt and covert means that are used.

Jim Groom, coined the term “Edupunk” in 2008,

to describe the growing movement toward high-tech do-it-yourself education, independent from traditional institutionally controlled venues and commercial tools, such as Powerpoint or Blackboard and other closed Learning Management Systems. According to Groom, “Edupunk … is about the utter irresponsibility and lethargy of educational institutions and the means by which they are financially cannibalizing their own mission.”

Related to the term edupunk is  the concept of DO IT YOURSELF (DIY), which is bypassing the established educational institutions and using the resouces of the internet to educate oneself and learning from others online.The idea is to be independent of all the commercial aspects of education and become more responsible for one’s own learning. Because of this growing influence of open education, colleges are being forced  to adapt and some have  begun to offer courses online free of charge , such as those offered by MIT  named  on OPENCOURSEWARE.

The idea of collaborating with others is an integral part in the open education system but not everyone agrees completely. One such person is the New York Times columnist, Susan Cain, in her article, The Rise of the New Groupthink , calls for the return to the individual effort and claims that many creative ideas are the result of people working by themselves and not in groups. This is contrary to what Jim Groom is saying. The relatively new offering online of the course entiled “DS 106”, goes against what Susain Cain is proposing.

It is worth noting that open education is now a prevalent idea in places such as New Zealand, Canada, China and other parts of the world. We in the United States sometimes tend to be parochial in our thinking but the internet is a world wide phenomenon and ideas emanate from just about any location.

Reflections

Here’s a link to my blog

Before starting AC 230 I had heard that it was about how to use media in the classroom .From the first day I knew it was going to be different. The relaxed nature of the classroom environment and the professor’s informal way of teaching made me less apprehensive. I came into the class with very little, if any, computer skills. The assignments were interesting and as the course progressed then I started to see the bigger picture. I think we were being taught to become responsible for our own learning, that all the answers were there for us to discover and that we needed to change the way we think about education on the whole and digital education in particular.

The course allowed me to see for the first time the idea of “open education” and its possibilities. Names like Jim Groom, Gardner Campbell, Clay Shirky and Anya Kamenetz suddenly became familiar as I was required to read the ideas these modern thinkers expressed. I learnt about the possibilities of “flexbooks” and how they could transform what happens in classrooms. Very soon I realized that this was not the class I thought I signed up for. There were still assignments to cater for K12 students but there was more emphasis on the philosophy behind the digital revolution that we are experiencing. I also learned stuff like certain aspects of Photoshop to create a GIF animation, how to create and embed videos on Youtube, and setting up my own blog . I was also able to interact with educational bloggers and listen to cutting-edge lecturers in their respective fields.

Although the entire course was interesting and informative, one feature stood out for me and that was the fact that I knew I would learn something new every day. I especially liked the Technology Entertainment and Design (TED) lectures but I was most intrigued by the idea of “open education”. I can’t think of anything at the moment that I did not like about the course, however, it would’ve been better if we had more time to do more examples of what we were being taught. I know learning is an ongoing experience and I will time to improve on what I have learnt.

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 :-).

Why is it not happening? Gardner Campbell and the need for “cyberinfrastructure.”

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Gardner Campbell began his talk by asking ,” Why is it not happening?” He was referring to the fact that even with all the tools and marvels that have been developed with regards to the internet,why are we still stuck in using the internet  mostly in a  “transactional mode”,like Blackboard. He  points out the dangers of what Clay Shirky calls  “digital facelift”. He then prescribes three recursive practices to fight digital facelift and this is possibly the best advice for teachers.

The practices he recommends are 1.Narrating -(thinking aloud like blogging)  2.Curating -(organizing your online stuff so it is easily available to you and others as well. 3.Sharing -posting your work so that others can see and possibly use. Arising from this is the  encouragement and recommendation to create one’s own “cyberinfrastructure”. One of the ideas that I really like from this talk is for students to enter the” producerly domain”.Here Gardner is calling for students to be active participants and create stuff,..(much like Prof.Smith in AC 230). The idea I like most is

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.6 Students with this kind of digital fluency will be well-prepared for creative and responsible leadership in the post-Gutenberg age. Without such fluency, students cannot compete economically or intellectually, and the astonishing promise of the digital medium will never be fully realized.

This is the task facing educators, to take initiatives to make their students digitally fluent.. I also like the idea he mentions

students should be system administrators for their digital lives

I am aware of the lesson I am learning in AC 230 right now, about creating my own space and the reminder that this space reflects who I am.Who knows, in the near future , employers will look at this space to evaluate clients and hire people..Another important point Gardner makes at the end is that all these ideas will not work until  they are “baked into the curriculum”. This is the challenge I will face as a teacher,, what can I do with their students to advance my students so that they can become more digitally fluent to participate in the world they will live in.