Primarily,I’m doing this course because it’s part of the Buffalo State Masters degree program & so I’m doing every course they offer.
However I have a particular interest in this course as I really want to create a powerful e-portfolio. I feel this is very important for future employers on other continents.
My online footprint is invisible ! There were 85 million results to a google search for my name…none of them mentioned me ! So I want to change that & give future employers a way to find out about me when I apply for a job.
Marc Prensky would say I was a “digital immigrant” and I feel like I’m being left behind as colleagues discuss class topics with students ( “digital natives”) using blogs & wikis. I should be using that technology in my classroom.
I like what Will Richardson says in “ World Without Walls ” : “These tools are allowing us to not only mine the wisdom & experiences of the more than one billion people now online but also to connect with them to further our understanding of the global experience & do good work together.” This is how colleagues seem to use blogging - their students post a short story ,for example, and their classmates all read & comment on the blog before the next class. The idea that students feel relaxed about this makes it seem like the perfect tool for discussing the work of students & professional artists. I’m intrigued by the possibilities of this type of open discussion & the range of new ideas it could produce.
The ideas discussed in “Genres of Participation with new Media ” by the MacArthur Foundation echo this. If young people are happiest when networked , then we should be able to tap into that energy for productive idea generation & discussion. Hopefully by encouraging their involvement in class blogs/wikis, we can create a work ethos which is a natural extension of how they already operate socially.
I want to be a part of this process, so I hope this class can introduce me to creative blogging, wikis & Voicethread.