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!984 – Total Reflection

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “1984.”

Like the infinite prison of the Panoptican, comes the infinite horror of the room with yourself. A room of mirrors to exhibit your total reflection to yourself. This is the ultimate post-modern idea of reflection, with a deafening ambient silence, just a slow bass rumble and just the right amount of light to keep yourself awake. Comfortable? yes, making you at ease with your self; clothes – no, allowing the gaze of the whole of yourself.

You look and everywhere you see is yourself, you see the two dimensions at first. You enjoy your naked self and allow some fantasy to take over and perhaps some relief of pleasure. After the slow time of self pleasure comes the nightmares of nothing but you. You walk towards the mirrors, the infinite amount of mirrors. Perhaps the only escape is lying down on the floor, but your mind will not allow this for long.

You turn over, seeing the meat slab of the corpse, the view of your death. There is no escape from your reflection, from every blemish; nothing is perfect. The Panoptican is not torture of trying to escape the gaze of others, but the gaze of yourself, or that significant other.

Your eyes start to see beyond the eyes, you look and you start to see someone else. Who is this person, am I now dead to myself? The body takes over and the slow subconscious of all those hidden horrors take over, you become possessed by that person you have repressed for so long.

When you leave, the inverse of the self and the repressed self are inverted, the horror of the real you is exposed. The real horror is that you enjoy it, released!

Old Technologies for new

With the advent of Windows 7/8, there is an opportunity to recycle and refresh old technologies. Gone perhaps are the days that a new operating system requires new hardware. This blog is being written on a four year old laptop running on 2gig of memory, running Windows 7.

Perhaps now, rather than throwing away old tech, we can now re-cycle old tech with new software?


Blogged – Is apple now the logical choic

Blogged – Is apple now the logical choice for schools?

Is Apple Now the only logical choice for schools?

As perhaps we have reached the tipping point of technology becoming invisible, I come to the question of where might be the best investment for schools now in terms of technology. In look at the PC and see the advantages of cost in terms of hardware, but see the disadvantages of the cost of software to keep it safe and secure as well as the cost of educational software with perhaps little return on that investment.

I look at school perhaps thinking of a cost effective decision interns of a better proofed investments and I see Apple products as being educationally effective. The product range is well designed, straight forward to use and integrated. This in conjunction with the IBooks authoring tool is perhaps the key to opening the door for that decision to be made.

I think perhaps that the investment in the infrastructure is crucial, and reducing the number of school purchased devices available. These devices could be a small range of IPads and IMac laptops and desk tops. Perhaps one desktop per classroom, 5 laptops and class set of iPads available through the school.

The software investment is much smaller, since much of the software available is either free or a very low cost. This software cost needs to be taken into account. I also think that email should now be ditched as a form of communication in schools, as the maintenance of this is expensive for little educational return.

The other key area is the move to allow students to use their own personal devices in the classroom. This in conjunction with intelligent E-safety could reduce the need for schools to invest in ICT hardware.

Ibooks Author – The final piece of the jigsaw?

Has technology finally reached the tipping point of becoming invisible?

I ask this question in its most positive sense, and comes from the development of a piece of software which perhaps is the final piece of the jigsaw; the start of technology now supporting learning.

I say the final piece not as an end but at beginning, to see the bigger picture, to realise the vision, the technology now becomes invisible and the learning shines through.

We have the mobile tech, the apps – hundreds of varieties and hues. We have the connectivity and the computers, but where was the impact.

We have the Virtual Learning platforms and the social media. It is the Six Million Dollar Man Investment Question – “Steve, we have the technology” to “Steve, we have the pedagogy”.

Perhaps with the addition of the one slither of software we can explode the potential of all this, all that and all the other.

Ibooks 2 could be conduit, the black hole which attracts through is gravitational potential, all the kinetic energy that surrounds and orbits,;combing, chewing and digesting – then releasing, ejecting its product through all types of social media.

Has learning now the potential to become Open Source, through one product that sublimes the notion of technology supporting learning?

Can we realise it or is it just another false dawn of the dead ideal?

iBook author could be the tool of choice

iBook author could be the tool of choice for students to develop the next generation of text books #ictcurric

IBook2 – THE IExcersiseBook (IEB)

Just had a look at the IBooks author application for the MAC, creating the books for students to read. Yet I am struck by the simplicity of the design and immediately how this could be harnessed as a free quality word processor in the classroom as well as not just creating an Ibook but an IexcesiseBook (IEB).

It already allows a student to configure their IEB, Titles, Chapters, media – it is already half fit for purpose (the other half is the content and its quality).

It also allows the student to integrate their own personal device with this technology. Example: students use their own device to collect images and videos of relevant parts of a lesson, then add this to their handwritten or digital notes to create the next page of their IEB (Using bluetooth to share media)

What does the sharing option add – perhaps group edits of IEBs using drop box – publishing – save and export locally to your own IPAD – Ibook reading device (I am still looking into this).

Homework/projects, create and share your Ibook on a particular topic – focus on the media.

The issue: cost of technology – not all will have access to a MAC – perhaps there is a need to port this software over to other operating system?

The Ipad and the IWB – The giant IPAD.

The motivation for this post was in reponse to a blog item on Nic Peachies blog spot The item was suggesting that the Ipad was going to replace the IWB in the classroom and Nik was suggesting a tool which was effectievly a wireless share of the Ipad on the IWB.

The issue for me here is about the pedagogical use of the IWB, or its lack of use and perhaps the synergy between the IWB and the IPad which suggest a route forward for the “Now” classroom.

IWB – interactive whiteboard which im many institurions should be re-branded as TIWB – Teacher Interactive Whiteboard as often the student is passive in the activity.

So the suggestion that the IPAD would replace the IWB misses the point, it is suggesting that the technology is replaced but the pedagogy remains – perhaps with an added spice of sharing – granted by the teacher.

But I stop for a moment and suggest that there is a developmental relationship between the IWB and the IPAD, that may impact on pedagogy. The IWB is interactive, and its iteraction is upclose and social, the IPAD is up-close and personal. The IWB allows a more kinesthetic social learning in conjunction with the IPAD.

So what is the developmental impact on the IWB, where does it have to go to survive. Well it has to take the interactive ideas of the IPAD and add in the social space that the IWB offers. How will they do this – bu creating an IWB app that allows the IWB to be the IPAD screen, to utilise the interactive space of the IWB, with the interactive tools of the IPAD.

Thus the IWB connects to an IPAD, allowing the IWB screen and the projector to be the interactive space ofthe IPAD, not just a projection of an IPAD but a giant IPAD.

The technology then is seemless between the close up space and the social space.

Perhaps then we may see the pedagogy emerge from the technological noise in the classroom.

The Blog will eat itself.

The title of this blog post changed from “the 18th Century blog'” and was initially around a motivation from listening to the audio book “The Adventure of English, (Melvin Bragg). In this work he mentions the development of the English Novel in the 18th Century, and its key developer – Jane Austin. From “Just a Novel” to a replacing the poem and the pamphlet as the key cultural, political and social tool. This move of the novel was instigated by technology and the production of affordable publications to the public; here the Influence of Jane Austin is depicted as being critical with the expression of clarity of language being important.

So until the development of the internet and Web 2.0, the novel was the key to cultural and social standing. Yet are we now seeing the development of technology through into a new phase, where the Blog replaces the Novel (and here I use Novel to encompass Book). Has the blog now become this cultural, political and social tool and the blogger replacing the term “author.” We can see (hear) this is many media programs e.g. X is a comedian, cook and blogger…”

So who will be the Jane Austin of the Blogosphere?

So initially this is where the post ended, but a further motivation came from the chaining of people’s brains due over exposure of multi-tasking fuelled by online opportunities. Allegedly the brain is being re-wired, to be very short term, with a lack of focus and there is a concern that further technological improvement will be stunted due to a lack of ability to concentrate for more than a minute on one subject. This is perhaps a western view, where we are accustomed to broadband access to all sorts of temptations. Thus will the Blog eat itself, will is disable the technological future. Will we be so re-wired that we are so multi- tasked that nothing gets done?

Will the Blog eat itself?