Learning as it evolves

Well I was looking at some of the learning YouTube videos and I came across this video which I thought gave a good reminder on what learning in the time and age would be. The video talks mainly on how the digital age will change learning and truly so it has made some impact. Whether it is good or bad I guess it is debatable but it is inevitable.

this is an article that talks about kids spending an average of 7.5 hours per day on “entertainment media”. I was kinda thinking isn’t that almost 1/3 of the day? Interesting read.



Learning Civics through games

I thought is an interesting way to learn through games especially when it is about civics.  I think that this form of interaction is a good way to engage learners on topics that would otherwise sound boring. I think the richness of the content would really help in encoding, just by simple simulation and interaction the key points of the lesson does get across effectively. 


Week 6 Prompt: The start of a new beginning

As mentioned in my first post, I was always passive on learning about Web 2.0 but this 6 weeks had change my perspective entirely. Trying out multitude of tools and learning how to use it for my personal learning network showed how little I know and how much more there is to learn. The exposure to communities and produsage brought more meaning to me on how I viewed wiki, online communities and YouTube videos. The participation in communities was something that I think I would try to expand to other communities to learn more on other topics of interest. In addition, I have begun to actively keep taps on new apps or social network tools as I think it will come in handy someday. The other aspect that I gained most was from this 6 weeks worth of reading the articles and Shirky’s book. It showed me many insights on the power of social network especially how wiki was started as describe in chapter 5.

Professionally, there are many portable concepts of these tools that I think can be implement into my area of work. With my current organization focusing on implementing a learning network within all training schools, I see the potential of using the concepts of Web 2.0 and tools to encourage individuals to take ownership over their own learning. While there are many factors that affect the learner, I do think that positive motivation would be their initial start off point and it how we use these tools wisely to gain and sustain their motivation. If not it would just be another novelty product.

Lastly I guess the other most memorable part to this course would be the community that we have developed in the past 6 weeks. Reviewing everyone’s blog and produsage has open up my perspective. Cross sharing of articles and cool tools made me more aware of other gaps that I have. I now begin to identify myself with #eme6414.


For those who are developing their PLN or have decided to continue with what they have started. I think this article would be helpful especially it teaches you how to include a Youtube button on your website.  


I was reading about PLN and comparing the tools online and i came across this blog that highlights the usage of Learnist in class which i thought would be interesting for those that may want to consider using it as a form of student engagement. 


The other site that i would like to share is on the comparison between Diigo vs Pinterest. After reading the comparison it is clear that Pinterest is the better tool over Diigo in terms of visual presentation however there are some issues to consider when it is applied in a classroom setting. Hence i would think that this may be a tool more for personal use rather than instructional purpose.



This is an interesting article on Twitter using real user’s fake tweets to push advertisements.  This article possible would be appropriate for this week’s discussion as we talk about online privacy and security issues. The article raises the question on how credible is Twitter’s privacy policy in safeguarding their subscribers. I can only imagine the embarrassment I would feel from the possible negative reactions of my friends and colleagues who receives such tweets in my name. I guess in this case there isn’t really any ways to safeguard against such reckless action especially when it is attributed to the service provider. Hence this leads me to wonder my limits and boundaries if I was in their shoes. It is really a dilemma between feeding your social connectivity needs versus personal privacy and security online . 



Pro Am

After read the long article i got inspired to find out more on this topic and I came across this video. This video is by Charles Leadbeater who is one of the author of the Pro Am article. I would like also point out that the site have other interesting videos on web collaboration. I think these videos provide a great summary after  conquering Mount ReadALot. http://www.ted.com/talks/charles_leadbeater_on_innovation.html

Week 5 prompt

How do you judge the value of expertise on the Web? Does it differ from your notion of expertise in face-to-face settings? Why or why not?

In face-to-face setting, I would think that officially expertise would require both qualification he/she receives and deep professional experience before they can be viewed as experts. The qualification comes through professional training or academic certification and years on specific experience on the subject. For example, in civil engineering, you need to have a degree and 10 years of consulting with site experience before you can apply to be a professional engineer to certify structural designs. On the other hand, there are people who may not have the academic qualification but have years of deep experience on the subject (e.g. car mechanics), this I would term as unofficial type of experts.

In web setting, experts are probably people who provide high quality contributions to the online community through their blogs, comments, posts and articles. However it is difficult to determine the qualification or experiences in the web setting thus their contributions represents their value and expertise. A measure of their value can be quantified by the amount of followers or likes on their articles. Some web blogs that generate high rate traffic sometimes get the attention of companies who will offer pay the blogger to write about the company as a form of marketing strategy (e.g. food industry). There are web base communities that rank their members the amount of contributions they have made however I would argue that not all contributions value adds to the community. Hence it would be important that all web users to exercise discretion on the information provided. I think in a web setting everyone can be in someway an expert as long as your contribution is positively recognized by the masses.