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Tech Task #3

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Tech Task #2

I didn’t know youtube was just launched in April 2005, it has become to integrated into our culture, it seems hard to imagine society without it. Ironically, while I watched this video on YouTube and he talks about how difficult posting videos online used to be, we got a call from my Grandma in Phoenix. She wanted to let us know there would be Live Streaming if we wanted to watch 3 of my younger cousins getting baptized online tonight. Technology is so amazing! There was no way we could have been in Alberta tonight to watch in person, but thanks to the internet we were able to feel like we were there and we were able to share in their special night.

Something that surprised me is that the majority of YouTube videos feature 18-24 year olds, and that 15% of YouTube videos are remixes and remakes, which are actually illegal. Another thing I found surprising is that the most commonly uploaded videos are home videos. I never knew that over 200,000 videos are uploaded every day, with around 10,000 of those videos being addressed to the YouTube community. First time vlogging looked so awkward! For someone who isn’t really into that, it seems strange that people choose to just open up to the entire world. I can see that for some people it is enjoyable, and even therapeutic, but I don’t think it’s for everyone. I personally think it seems cheap to let strangers into your personal life, the same way I think it is cheap when people post really personal things on their Facebook status–it’s uncomfortable! I don’t want to publicly find out or know about your best friend letting you down or you children or your husband, or your marriage falling a part…it doesn’t seem classy at all. On the other hand, I enjoy reading a family members blog and following what’s going on in her life on a weekly basis. I enjoy having a community of friends that I actually see and hang out with(actually, not virtually), I don’t think there is any part of me that desires to expose myself to the whole world and hope strangers like me. Maybe if I didn’t have such an amazing family and support network of friends I would feel differently though.

One of the things Mike talked about was basically how sex sells, especially on YouTube. No matter what I want to look up on YouTube it seems impossible to not see some type of video (or several) that look raunchy. In my opinion, when Michael talks about this beautiful community being created on YouTube there’s a part of me that thinks I wouldn’t want anything to do with that community that is so openly and shamelessly sex crazed. That’s another thing that seems extremely tasteless to me about the site, and the internet in general. However, there’s obviously enough people who love it or it wouldn’t be so popular.

Obviously, YouTube also has amazing qualities and there are millions of videos that are tasteful, funny, talented, interesting and often helpful. My father-in-law is a very talented handy man, he can do everything, and anytime there’s something he isn’t sure about (like changing the oil in his new Porsche) he just “YouTubes” it!

Michael Wesch presents an interesting position, I found his video very informative and well done for the most part. Thanks!

Tech Task #1

a) Hello! My name is Amanda. I am currently in the Facutly of Education and I am a fourth year student. I just completed my Internship semester in a grade 1/2 split class and absolutely loved it. I’ve always liked school and have very much enjoyed my University experience.  However, I am really looking forward to experiencing what it will be like to teach my own classroom of children. Academics aside, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I love playing games, being active, and dancing.

b) I think technology is amazing. I believe that if it is used and understood properly, it can be a very effective tool to use both personally and professionally. Sadly, I am not quite as “tech savy” as I would like to be, but I am hoping that by the end of this course I will be closer. My primary uses for technology at this point are for communication purposes (via text messaging, e-mails, and Facebook), and academincs (writing assignments, researching, UR courses).

c) I think technology in the classroom can be very helpful in enhancing students learning if it is used properly. However, I have not had very many opportunities during my own K-12 experience, nor my Internship experience to see it being used in such a way that I could see the positive results and benefits. I am not opposed to technology being incorporated into the classroom, but at this point I would feel ill prepared to do so. In University, most students who bring a lap top to lectures spend all of their time on Facebook, Twitter, solitaire or e-mail. I think there are positive ways Facebook and e-mailing can be used to make learning and communication easier within a class–I, personally, find UR courses very helpful when professors post course information and updates on it regularly. If a Facebook page could be created to use in Grade 6-12 classrooms, I can see benefits similar to those of UR courses being available to students and teachers. I also think discussions that are written (via, a forum or comment) give every student in the class a chance to respond, including students who are normally too shy to participate in classroom discussions.At the same time however, I think face-to-face conversations are extremely important and if anything is lacking in this generation I think it is those actual person-to-person relationships.I think too many people have become comfortable with e-mailing, texting, and “Facebooking” to serve in lieu of real life conversations and interactions with people. I do think however, that technology has the potential to enhance learning and be a very beneficial tool in the classroom; I am hoping that by the end of this class I have a better grasp of how to provide that balanced approach in my teaching career.

d) I hope and expect that by the end of this class I will have a more well-rounded understanding and knowledge about the benefits of using technology in the classroom. I also hope to have a repertoire of strategies and ideas as to how I can incorporate technology into my classroom in a meaningful way. I hope to become more technologically able and informed during this class and I hope I learn valuable ways to use technology both as a professional and on an individual level.