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Natural x Technological World

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Since ancient times, humanity has been trying to adapt to the constant changes in the world. It seems that these changes are getting even more faster lately… The animation “Thursday” has led me to consider what are the gains and losses regarding to technological advances.

Considering the gains, it’s pretty clear that technological achievements have contributed to a more organized world. Try to imagine 6 billion people in this planet without it… Pure chaos!

On the other hand, it seems that gradually people are getting dependent on technology.

This animation illustrates a situation in which for a short period of time the computers stop working. There are different reactions:

1) People trying to relax in this “free” moment. It’s time to do nothing!

2) People freaking out. They don’t know how to deal with this situation.

3) People trying to make use of other technological resources available.

In this time of “Technological Storm” it’s highly important to make good use of high-tech resources. In my opinion it boosts our creative thinking since we’re always dealing with changes and problem solving situations.

Sometimes I feel just like those blackbirds in the animation, battling with technology but at the same time admiring its beaty.

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You can watch ” Thursday” on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/16962056

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Talking x Texting: A utopian perspective

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This short film is just AMAZING and it made me think about how technological progress is affecting our lives, including the way we interact with people.It also made me wonder my many people choses virtual interaction instead of real interaction, texting instead of talking.

What makes this kind of interaction so difficult sometimes?

In a utopian perspective, the “bags” represent the possibility to connect with different people through technology. The tools are available but the won’t change anything without people’s action. There are countless opportunities for people to get to know each other but it’s our choice to make it happen!

Watch ”Inbox” on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75wNgCo-BQM

Refletions on the animation “Bendito Machine 3”

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After watching the animation “Bendito Machine 3” some ideas came up to my mind such as:

CONSUMERISM: analysing the social implications, I would say that the animation depicts a very familiar scenario where everything is disposable when it becomes obsolete…

RELIGION x SCIENCE: Throughout history, people from different cultures and societies tried to explain the ‘unknown’ by giving a mystical or theological meaning to those facts. I wonder what people from the past could see our world nowadays…

The animation is very provocative and shows some negative social implications when there’s an obsession on technology.

Click here to watch “Bendito Machine” on YouTube.

Digital Natives?

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HOW TEACHERS SHOULD TEACH IN A DIGITAL AGE?

E-learning and Digital Cultures

This blog is based in my EDC MOOC from “The University of Edinburg”.

E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC is a free online course that aims to reflect and discuss with teachers, learning technologists, and researchers interested with general interest in education about the relationship between people and technology and other topics related to e-learning.

HOW DIGITAL CULTURES AND LEARNING CULTURES CONNECT? WHAT THIS MEANS FOR E-LEARNING THEORY AND PRACTICE?

These are the guidelines for the present study.

Welcome to E-learning Study Blog!

Patricia Minassidis