"To inspire them to realize more and more of their capacities for living meaningful lives. Because there certainly is meaning to life."
-John Coltrane on Uplifting Others

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Social Learning and Individual Discovery

This blog post might not make much sense, but bare with me as I answer a few questions and put down a few thoughts:
Danny, I took that picture while I was camping in southern Alberta this summer. It is the Red Rock Canyon in Waterton Lakes National Park. Here's another from that trip:

Dr. Burton, I would be happy to teach about PLN's or Google Reader, whichever you would like.
Kristen, I'm going to research Google Wave more and let you know my take on it.
Everyone, if you would like, I also keep a personal blog. Look at my bloglist and you should find it.
That's everything for questions, but now I want to dive into what we discussed in Digital Civ today. We discussed the personal and social aspects of learning, but as we counseled, I couldn't help but feel that they are intrinsically connected. Individually we are all different: different majors, life goals, experiences, etc. What brings us together into this class or society is a desire to learn. With Facebook and these blogs, we are learning from one another in a similar fashion to Vygotsky's ladder. We all bring different backgrounds and levels of digital literacy to the table and in turn we help all learn and expand. This digital learning wouldn't be possible without each individual's unique take on digital culture. What are some of the goals you all have in taking this class? In other words, what do you want to take from this experience?


  1. I want to use technology and learn from it, but not be completely consumed by it. I want to be able to look to the past through the lenses of technology that we have today. I think this class will be very enjoyable; however, I do believe we need to be careful with the amount of time we spend in the "digital world".

  2. I want to learn how to better utilize blogs and the web in general to learn. I'd also like to draw some interesting parallels from history to life in general.

  3. I want to learn more about the opportunities to learn in the digital world. I am excited that I am already discovering lots of digital learning opportunities because of this class. I also agree with Kevin that there is definitely a balance between being a part of the digital world and what it has to offer and becoming so engulfed in it that we struggle to survive when it comes to communicating with others in person.