Saturday, January 24, 2009
After reading this research article I still feel that I do not have a straight answer on weather or not Internet art should be considered a form of art. I would argue that fine art is different and a more tradition art form; however, we cannot exclude art being created on the Internet from the art world. Artwork being created on computer programs and placed on the Internet is still an art form because it is originally coming from someone’s imagination. On the other hand, I do not think it is necessary for high school students to learn about Internet art in school. If students are interested in Internet art they should study it on their own. High school art classes could touch on Internet art but for the most part should mainly focus on more tradition art forms and not works that are causing controversy in the art world.
Friday, January 23, 2009
The amount in which we rely on technology is definitely something I feel needs to be addressed...It seems that people are constantly needing to be connected via cellphones, texting, email, instant messaging etc. While I appreciate the ability the Internet provides in allowing us to interact with people from other parts of the world and the accessibility to a plethora of information, I feel our reliance on technology is ridiculous. Where is the balance? It seems as though the majority of communication is straying away from face-to-face conversation. How will today's children be able to interact outside the confines of their computers and cellphones when they enter the world of work? I believe the need for constant gratification has made us less patient and more irritable.
To sum it all up, I think that the Internet and other technology are amazing tools. They allows for rich educational and personal experiences when used properly. However, when they are used inappropriately or in excess the become detrimental to our well-being. As teachers it will be challenging to find ways to integrate the appropriate amount technology in our classrooms.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The impact of technology on adolescences and our society truly is an issue that needs to be address. I agreed with many aspects that were brought up in the video, for example cyber bulling, inappropriate images and materials, are issues that we need to talk to our students about. I felt it was extremely funny when the lady was giving a lecture about Internet predators and how you should “STOP, BLOCK, and TELL”. Instead of learning about “stop, drop and roll”, children these days are “Blocking”.
Overall, I felt the general view on technology was very negative. To a certain extent, the dependence on technology is not a good thing because we are learning that we can be entertained all the time and instantly gratified. Children these days seem to be more hyperactive with the constant stimulus. As soon as they are doing something that isn’t related to Internet games or texting friends, they become “bored”. However, times are changing and there will always be something new and different that will challenge our culture. There are many benefits to technology in our daily lives and if people really do feel concerned about the overused of it, then we need to learn to balance. As far as technology in the schools, we can’t allow it to consume the way we teach but we could use it to reach our students. Either way, in any aspect of life, there needs to be healthy balance.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I'm not saying that teenagers shouldn't have myspace or facebook accounts. (I have both!), But I do feel that they need to be made aware of the possible repercussions and negative consequences of exposing too much about themselves online. They need to know that living their life as on open book is simply not safe.
The bottom line is that the internet is here and it's not going away. It is not a passing fad. But parents and educators need to realize that adolescents are not "victims" of the internet, but rather willing, active participants. The world they have created online is very real to them, because they themselves have created it. What is dangerous is when an individual lives their entire life on line, and loses touch with reality.
Which is not to say I think that they should be allow uncontrolled access or have no safety measures taken to ensure that they don’t end up getting involved with people who might hurt them. But from what I saw I felt a lot of the parents they spoke to in some cases were being crazily over protective, and ignoring their teenagers rights to privacy completely. Self destructive teenagers are going to be self destructive with or with out the help of the internet, and treating them like prisoners isn’t going to change that. They will always find another way to do it, or get more and more secretive of it.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
As far as what this means for teachers, I think it is important to keep up to date with advancements in technology, however, there should still be room for traditional teaching practices. Again, it seems that there must be some sort of disconnect between students and teacher when the entire class is being lead over the computer. I wonder how much quality interaction can occur when students are staring at a computer screen the entire class while a teacher is lecturing. At the same time, it would be foolish to completely write off computers and technology and have no knowledge on how to use them nowadays. The internet and computers in general can be useful learning tools, but their use should be monitored. There is just as much useless junk on the web as there is educational information. I was most disturbed when one of the boys interviewed said that he does not read books and completely relies on sparknotes. I find that pathetic, but how can we go about solving a problem like that?
They are the symbol of postmodernity. Exploitation will always happen at least their is a traceable code that supports evidence of a crime if one should happen. People need to be informed of the serious consequences of revealing too much personal information online. What seems especially difficult is that it is hard to know what types of security you can trust. I wish there was one security program that you could test on every site you are asked to put down your social security number or whatnot . It will be a dangerous world if our dependency on the internet goes too far. Honestly though, I don't know what to think about the internet because it thinks for me so much of time.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Adolescents today are active participants in a culture that centers on the internet. Those who did not have the internet when they were young may not understand the lifestyle of a generation that has grown up using it regularly and for hours at a time. It is easy to pinpoint a number of things about the internet that makes life as a teenager increasingly dangerous, but as was stated during “Growing up Online,” the internet is a permanent fixture in modern society. As future educators we need to be able to understand students’ attachment to the internet, and to be able to give it a place in the classroom. Adolescents go online not only to keep in touch with friends from school, but also to find alternative ways to express themselves. Art teachers in particular need to respect students’ need for personal expression. In response to this, educators need to make it a priority to speak to students about safety online, and need to accept the internet's place in our society and in schools.
Like the report said, this technology isn’t going away. It’s important for parents to keep up with it and to help educate kids on being safe. Teenagers need to understand that anything they post online can be viewed by parents, colleges and potential employers. Hopefully arming them with the right knowledge will help them to make better choices.
Maher also made an excellent point about how remembering information is not as important as accessing and assessing information. Part of our responsibilities as teachers using technology in the classroom is to educate students on how to access and use information. Furthermore, if teachers are going to be using technology I think it is important to discuss moral and ethical issues as related to the internet. For example, what should be kept private vs. what should be public? What are good practices for using information found on the web? What is needed is an open and ongoing discussion between students, teachers, and parents about how they use the internet for both social and educational purposes.
I was also struck by something that Eve Skinner said in her follow-up interview. Eve questioned how the prevalence of technology in young peoples lives is affecting their sense of being in the moment; they are going through life as viewers and not as participants. It is now more important to record an event than partake in it. I think this issue is real, and needs to be addressed. How do we get students to reflect on the value of an experience as an active participant when it has become the norm to be a viewer?