Technology In Education – My Digital Artefact For #edcmooc

A few days ago, I posted an article titled The Spinning Coin on this blog, wherein I had shared my view that whether one takes a Utopian view or a Dystopian view of technology, it is a matter of one’s individual perception. My digital artefact for this course is based on the same article. It is a Powerpoint presentation converted to video and posted on You Tube, and it is this video that I am submitting as my artefact.

Watch On You Tube (In case you do not have access to You Tube, as an alternate, you can also view / download this presentation from Authorstream.com. Link at the bottom of this page)

The transcript of the presentation, as it appears on the slides, is as below:

Presentation Transcript: 

  • Technology In Education: Utopian Or Dystopian?  A Digital Artefact By Rajiv Bajaj For # edcmooc
  • Since times immemorial…
  • We humans have been evolving…
  • And as we evolve, our thirst for knowledge increases.
  • We try to learn from all available sources.
  • From our history & legacies…
  • From our scriptures…
  • From other cultures and religions…
  • From books and from research…
  • We absorb knowledge like sponges…
  • We make progress and we develop technologies that help improve our quality of life.
  • Technologies that assist in, and greatly enhance and improve our learning experiences.
  • The face of education itself has been changing over the years.
  • Technology is increasingly shaping and guiding our learning.
  • Education itself is Evolving !
  • The Digital Revolution Has…
  • Revamped
  • Rejuvenated
  • Recharged
  • Refined
  • Refreshed
  • Revitalized
  • Reorganised
  • Redefined
  • Education As We Know It Today
  • A Digitally Connected World
  • Has Created A Global Classroom!
  • And What Makes This Possible ?
  • Technology
  • The Engine That Powers…
  • Most Education Today !
  • From normal classroom aids …
  • To Virtual Reality…
  • To Online Learning
  • Technology is enriching & enhancing our learning experience.
  • This is MY PERCEPTION of technology in education.
  • Viewpoints differ on this issue.
  • The Utopian & Dystopian Viewpoints
  • Utopian – A positive, hopeful, futuristic & idealistic view of technology.
  • An instrumental view of technology: Technology is a product of humans in the service of humans.
  • It may be used for good or ill. It is able to be mastered.
  • Technology can solve problems, even problems that technology creates.
  • Resultantly, problems are solved by increasing complexity and increasing order.
  • Progress is an essentially good thing and progress requires order.
  • Dystopian – A Negative, Despairing & Fearful View of Technology.
  • Technological Innovation is always resisted.
  • Fear of technology in the workplace. Fear of replacement.
  • Technology changes behaviour and patterns of behaviour .
  • As instrumental technology is unable to be mastered people become more “objects” to be “ordered”.
  • And MY view on this
  • The battle between Utopia and Dystopia has been raging for centuries…
  • Neither side winning or losing.
  • Symbolizes the age-old co-existence of opposites.
  • Like the good co-existing with the bad.
  • Truth With Untruths.
  • Two sides of the same coin.
  • A spinning coin, perhaps, that keeps changing the side that it presents to us ?
  • Our attitude towards technology is a matter of our perception.
  • Our perceptions shape and define us.
  • Our perceptions also dictate our actions.
  • How we perceive something is based on our past experiences.
  • We tend to view everything through our “mental filters”.
  • No two living beings have identical mental filters .
  • We are all unique and our experiences in life are different.
  • These filters are made up of Beliefs, Assumptions, Values, Ideas, Expectations & Personal history. Beliefs & Ideas
  • Utopia and Dystopia, in my view, are nothing but two conflicting perceptions…
  • … a product of our perceptions, sieved through our mental filters.
  • One man’s utopia may be another man’s dystopia.
  • Depends on which side of the coin is visible to us…
  • A coin that will always keep spinning…
  • Which side of the coin are YOU looking at ?
  • And a very special message of thanks goes to: The Fantastic Five – The teachers of EDCMOOC at University of Edinburgh who made this a wonderful learning experience. Ary & Maddie for their support, guidance and encouragement. Monica & Dimitra – my PLN pals for their ideas and support. AND last but not the least to Heikke Hallantie for sharing so many of my blog-posts on Education Daily.
  • Reference Sources:
  • Utopian & Dystopian Narratives – http ://www.usc.edu/~douglast/202/lecture5 /
  • Image Sources:
  • Morgue File – http://www.morguefile.com
  • Google Images
  • Wikimedia Commons Images
  • Audio: There Is Magic I n You by Butterfly Tree (Shared under creative commons license)
  • Presentation for non-commercial, educational purpose only.
  • No copyright infringements intended. All rights of the images used are with their respective owners.

The Tools Used

Initially I was debating which medium or tool should be used for creating and sharing my artefact. There were so many different tools available, and I went through the lists of such tools shared by the other participants. The choices were mind-boggling, and for a few days I went about experimenting with some suggestions. However, time being of essence, I decided to stick with tools that I was comfortable with. And since Powerpoint is a tool that I love and have been using for several years, I decided to stick with it.

Using my article as the basis for the presentation, I first created a blank outline of the presentation, bearing in mind that there is a time limit for the artefact’s run-time. Since I hate to clutter my slides with text and do not use any templates that come built in powerpoint ( because templates are restrictive in terms of creativity), the presentation runs into several slides. Finding appropriate images for each slide was in itself a major challenge, and that is what took the maximum time. Having found the images, I went about fine-tuning the slides till I was satisfied with the final outcome.

The next step was to add timings to each slide, since the total run-time is a grand total of seconds that each slide is visible. That having been done, I now knew exactly how long my presentation was, and then had to find an audio that would run through the entire length of the presentation. Thankfully, there are several sites where artistes share their work under creative-commons attribution license, and I already had this track with me, having used it in another presentation earlier. However, the length of the track was slightly shorter than what I required, but this was easy to fix, using Audacity – a free to use audio-editing software. I added the original track, then when it was about to finish, I added it again, deleted the last few seconds of the fading effect of the first track, so that both runs of the track would run seamlessly as one, and there I had a single track of the desired length.

Having rehearsed the timings with the audio, I saved the powerpoint as a windows media video file – this is possible in the versions of powerpoint versions 2010 and above. The final result is what you see as a video on You Tube.

The original Powerpoint can also be viewed as a presentation, as well as downloaded as a PPT file from Authorstream.com, where I normally share most of my work. The PPT is shared under the Creative Commons License.

I do hope that I have been appropriately able to convey my videos in this digital artefact. Please feel free to share your comments and suggestions below. Thank you for having taken the time to review this !

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