Adventures in E-Learning and Digital Culture

A Day Made in Glass or a One Way Mirror February 8, 2013

Filed under: Week Two #edcmooc — essgarland @ 3:50 am
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A Day Made of Glass is unashamedly Utopian; an advertorial expounding benefits of Corning glass in enhancing the viewers’ seamless, smooth, clean future. Clearly designed for company stakeholders.

The video’s PR intent explains the superficiality of it’s treatment of technology; the children’s learning experience; in the classroom – a highly, exciting visual (only) feast of colour albeit one dimensional learning; in the forest – an exciting add-on connecting with the past and a useful interface identifying flora on-site, later viewed at home has potential; in the hospital – a wonderful cross border tool for diagnosis.

For me, Dystopia lurks around Technology. Highly e-reliant learning depends on the availability of technology and accessibility of internet. Many elderly, illiterate and those who CHOOSE not to conform will be excluded. What are the implications of exclusion and can this be manipulated?

And what about privacy? Ethics around privacy are playing catch up with technological advancement. Social networks already capitalise on our digital information. New technology accumulates more information making our lives as transparent to the viewer as a one way mirror. Who is looking in and can we draw the curtains?


4 Responses to “A Day Made in Glass or a One Way Mirror”

  1. 7yukari7 Says:

    I think the technology shown in “A Day Made of Glass” will bring problems mostly for those who don’t want to conform. I think illitirate and elder people will have less problems, that they have now trying to learn how to use MS Windows etc. The technology of this “glass” is more intuitive in its use… it is all about touch, move objects, instead of browsing through menus. The tendence to such style of interface we can see in modern tablet, like iPad. Although I don’t like this tendence personally, I see it can be a solution for many people. (Now I cannot find the link, but I have read about interesting experiment – researches just leave some Android-based tablet PCs with some educational soft near the small African village. Children found fast how to use them, how to play educational games etc., and then they started to teach their parents. In general this all was god for children, because they hadn’t an opportunity to go to school, but they got a chance to get basic education. So technology can be managed by elder and illitirate people, IF they want to manage it, or at least don’t reject it).

  2. essgarland Says:

    Thank you for this. Very interesting. The organisaiton appears to be some good things.

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