… I will continue to blog!

This ‘education in a time of social and technological change’ module has been one (short) reflective, learning journey. I cannot believe it is week ten already, to quote a cliché: time flies when you’re having fun! I can remember my very first post, reflecting upon essential readings only, and not divulging my thoughts or experiences. My blog has come a long way since then; I feel I can use this blog space as a platform to reflect my thoughts and experiences on educational issues that matter to me- a bit like an educational version of  ‘Zoella’. I have reignited my passion for children’s rights, though, considering it through a digital lens (see: ‘update the UNCRC!’); the use of Twitter led me to such an article by Livingstone and Third (2017) retweeted by my tutor Helen. Again, Twitter was a new platform for me to explore; however, I tend to be more passive on there, as I still cannot figure it out…

There have been many new experiences within this module; not least through blogging and Twitter. I have lived in Bristol for nineteen(!) years, and it was my first time attending a seminar at the Pervasive Media Studios at the Watershed. I was not disappointed; from the moment I entered, it was like a surreal world full of colour, controversial images, and potential. The seminar piqued my interest through the ‘teaching and learning with technology’ module; however, I wondered how many people actually knew about such a place in Bristol? Moreover, an underlying lesson from the seminar by Marcus Gilroy-Ware (see: ‘technology is like chocolate?’) was to challenge and disrupt the norm; if more people were aware of such free seminars and talks, then we could engage in a dialogue for change.

As this module was all about socio-technical change, I actually had to consider, and think about the future; something which I try not to do as it scares me. But engaging in the activities devised by Keri Facer (see: ‘how far ahead is the future?’) led me to consider how plausible my fears were; and ignited more fears about the environment, through the ‘The Thing From the Future’ cards. Indeed, Big Data was another concept that I engaged with on a deeper level (see: ‘this post is big data’); we were given the task of writing a tweet on Big Data; as I did, someone named ‘Big Data Batman’ copied my tweet exactly and replaced ‘Big Data’ with ‘Batman’. I was bemused; how did this person find me? Why did they copy my tweet (not retweet) without gaining my permission first? This experience made me actualise the scope of Big Data.

As this module ends, I will continue to blog about educational issues that interest me. I believe writing these online journal posts, has made me engage on a deeper level with issues from this module; and it allows my voice to be heard. I am definitely pro-blog!



Image: http://www.janegoodwin.net/2014/07/29/blogging-dead-says/

Livingstone, S. and Third, A. (2017) Children and Young People’s Rights in the Digital Age: An Emerging Agenda. New Media and Society [online]. 19 (5), pp. 657 -670. [Accessed 27 October 2017].


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