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FILM 260
Dale Kristensen

Week 1: Digital Literacy 1. Reaching Those on the Wrong Side of the Digital Divide : The New York Times - a nonprofit group has been created in the US to try to eliminate the digital divide - 1/3 Americans do not have broadband in their homes, mostly low income and minorities - Many job listings are only available online therefore accessibility and technological savvy is a must, especially for those needing jobs - Once an individual attains a job, most require digital skills - Most adults do not go online because they do not think the internet is relevant to them 2. Digital divide persists in Canada, both in access and Internet fluency : Financial Post - There is still a large digital divide within Canada, much relating to socioeconomic status - Many are under the impression that access to the internet resolves this issue - Must combine access to internet with digital literacy skills to solve the problem - For younger (16-55), education was the strongest factor dividing those who used the internet and were adept and those who were not, over 55, income was the stronger factor - Low income = low internet use (cannot afford it) - More education = more likely to be using internet - Those living in urban areas = (54%) more likely to use the Internet than those living in rural areas 3. The Touch Screen Generation : The Atlantic - debate over how much technology use should be available for kids - Fear of lack of social skills vs fear that their child will be left behind in the world of technology - Digital natives = 1st generation of children growing up fluent within technology (all others = digital immigrants) - Pass back effect = parents handing over _______ (in this case technology) to pacify children - Is modern technology such as the iPad + apps better than television? - TV = static/ no two way interaction (this interaction is important for toddlers) - Using an iPad provides that interaction therefore could be argued to be better than TV -> they poke the screen (or swipe, or talk to it, etc.,) and there is an immediate response - The best TV has managed is the ʻpause effectʼ to try and simulate interaction - excessive use is a problem but there is no proof these games are addicting - Apps are being developed for children as young as 18 months - Is parents concerns and beliefs that reading a book is better just due to prejudices and a fear of change? - Are these apps any more or less educational than running around on the lawn? 4. The Child, the Tablet and the Developing Mind : by: Nick Bilton The New York Times - Sister to author pacifies children in a restaurant by handing over iPads - Debate about handing over gadgets at the dinner table - The neurological effects of technologies is still unknown - Spending too much time ʻwith one technology, and less time interacting with people like parents... Could hinder the development of certain communication skillsʼ - BUT, is playing with crayons at a restaurant any better than colouring with a finger on an iPad in terms of socialization? - A study showed that kids who watched TV, movies, or other videos for more than 3 hours a day had a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms and relationship problems than children who did not BUT children who played (age appropriate) video games for the same amount of time did not show these symptoms - But kids also have to learn how to be alone and be able to have ʻconversations with themselvesʼ - Lack of interactions (which are imperfect) will result in the perception of a perfect world with shiny screens giving ʻthem a false sense of intimacy without riskʼ - ʻthey need to be able to think independently of a deviceʼ , have an imagination, and figure out who they are so that they can form relationships - “If you donʼt tech your children to be alone, theyʼll only know how to be lonely.” 5. Future U: fear and loathing in academia, Some professors are willing to give tech a chance, but not all : by Curt Hopkins : arsTechnica - ʻeducation is in the process of changingʼ - The change in resources available has both benefits and draw backs - With millions of sources available, students and professors must discern which are credible and which are not - With such quantity available, ʻcommon wisdomʼ can arise - Online archives are more likely to be used - MOOCs (massive online open courses) create concern for some as they create distance between prof and student - Others disagree, saying that with ʻflipped classroomsʼ (in which the lectures are online and class time is used for discussion and interaction) professors are more free to engage in direct follow up - MOOCs = meant to facilitate university/company courses to everyone - Are also cheaper for the universities to run - But can it be controlled? Technological errors create huge impacts on these courses - Technology is changing, and allowing for a more varied form of education - “we can and should challenge the notion of the university as an isolated place...by reaching out and sharing the life of the mind” 6. Teaching Our Kids Not to Treat the Internet as a Private Diary : Hessie Jones : HuffPost Living - teens (especially) are very open on the internet, spilling their lives while trying to connect - BUT, sharing too much personal information on the internet can come back to haunt them in the future - Facebook confessions craze, tumblr - Social media is instantaneous, with no think time, one shares things immediately and then cannot go back - People often do not think about the future, they do what they wa
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