The goal of this blog is to provide contemporary Educational knowledge and learning through the means of technological interaction and social language.

Wesch’s “An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube” focuses on the impact of YouTube within social media and our society at large. He lists both pros and cons of this new digital means to communicate via YouTube, Twitter, Digg, Facebook, etc. These technological advancements both benefit yet limit us in certain ways. The upside of these advancements include communication with video communication tools over long distance, such as Skype which allows some means of human contact by being able to see a loved one or friend around our world. Wesch talks about the impact of the “Numa Numa” YouTube video on people everywhere and how YouTube has become the new source for cultural trends, fads, and information. Wesch also emphasizes that our society and the way we perceive, filter, and gather information is changing because everyone, through social media, becomes a contributor to the system. Wesch introduces questions about authenticity of YouTube contributions and the behaviour of fame seeking individuals. I found this video enlightening and interesting to see the benefits of being a contributor to the system. It reinforces freedom of speech and even helps people heal after a tragic event in their life. Social media has advanced the arts because it has provided a stage for people to produce and expose their art to the world. It helps everyone feel important because they can showcase their talents and abilities to an invisible audience.

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As Teachers, we must understand and be educated about modern social media. Our world is changing and we must change with it, so that we can educate the next generation.

A pop culture point of view of technology.

Technology has not only advanced in social media, but also within electronic gaming systems.  Gaming consoles have gone from a Nintendo Entertainment System (Ricoh 2A03 8-bit processor and MOS Technology 6502 core) 

to an Xbox 360 (3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon).

History of Gaming from Florian Smolka on Vimeo.

The evolution of technology continues to grow within our society. We as Teachers, must educate students on the proper uses of technology.

In ECMP 355 on January 13/11 I found the topics of online identity and the work of social media to be both intriguing and enlightening. With possessing an online identity one has to manage praise and criticism and not take them personally. The task of separating online praise and criticism with personal emotion is something I would want to learn more about. The question I have with an online identity for social media programs, is how does cyber bullying get managed? I am curious to learn the process.

The second topic I found interesting is how social media influences politics. The politicians of the 21st Century have used social media tools to spread their party’s message to the countries voters. An example would be United States President Barack Obama and how his speech was carried through social media. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsV2O4fCgjk

In ECMP 355 on January 11/11 I found it interesting that Twitter has become the next technological network for social interaction. I now understand that Twitter is more than just a chat site, Twitter is a social network of exchanging ideas and collecting resource tools from around the world.  As a pre-intern teacher, connecting with professional learning communities and other teachers around the world, Twitter is a social network that benefits us in our occupations.

With the creation of psuedo facebook pages for classrooms, students can understand and be educated about online identity and how to use it appropriately. Educational Technology can assist in going beyond the chalk/bulletin board. Students will see that their learning via technology is an achievement they can be proud of.

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