A Day Of Broken Glass – A Life So Fragile #edcmooc

Picture this.. I wake up in the morning and stretch out on the bed, suddenly realizing that the bed has turned cold and hard. Gingerly, I run my hand over the surface and I realize there is no mattress, and with a jolt I come half-awake, and sit  upright on… Read Full Post

Technological Determinism #edcmooc

Theories and debates on Technological Determinism are probably as old as technology itself. However, before I started to wade through the wealth of materials provided on EDCMOOC, I wanted to get a clear understanding of what Determinism actually meant, so I started my explorations by looking at various definitions of… Read Full Post

Just A Thought #edcmooc

“Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we do not experience it.” – Rollo May in The Cry for Myth

Machines – Benefit Or Hazard – Blade Runner #edcmooc

For someone who is not even remotely a film buff, describing the utopian or dystopian aspects of a popular film is akin to asking a vegetarian to describe the taste and qualities of a tenderloin steak. For the life of me, I could not recall any sci-fi or other such… Read Full Post

The Overwhelm Returns ! #edcmooc

I had barely managed to shrug off the initial feeling of overwhelm yesterday, and had resumed studying the course materials with some confidence regained. However, today that feeling is back with a bang once again, as I struggle with Utopias, Dystopias, technological determinism and universalism. The more I read, the… Read Full Post

New Media – The Tentacles Of Technology #edcmooc

New Media Humanity in the tentacles of technology, A totally dystopian representation of a world that is on the mercy of technology, in my view. This video is quite similar to the Bendito Machine, or perhaps, can even be called a logical sequel to it, following the dystopian view-pint. While… Read Full Post

A Thursday ? No, This Is Water ! #edcmooc

Thursday As I watched this video, for a moment I could not but help recalling the opening scene of another video that I had watched just a few days ago. The video was based on David Foster Wallace’s famous 2005 Kenyon Commencement Address speech, and opens with this short story… Read Full Post

Utopian vs Dystopian – Two Sides Of The Same Coin #edcmooc

After having watched all the four suggested videos posted under Popular Cultures, I am still trying to analyze my thoughts on the Utopian as well as Dystopian views on technology, as depicted in the videos. Being a lover of computers as well as technology, my approach to technology has largely… Read Full Post

Introducing Myself on #edcmooc

OK… so it is the first day of the E-Learning & Digital Cultures MOOC on Coursera – my second MOOC so far, and I am starting this blog to document my own progress as I move through the program. I have just finished watching the introductory videos, and am now… Read Full Post

Schools Kill Creativity !

“… And my contention is, all kids have tremendous talents. And we squander them, pretty ruthlessly. So I want to talk about education and I want to talk about creativity. My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the… Read Full Post

25 Ways to Institute Passion-Based Learning in the Classroom

An Article By Saga Briggs “When students are motivated to learn, they naturally acquire the skills they need to get the work done.” Sir Ken Robinson Common sense tells us that students are more likely to learn if they are motivated by and engaged with the curriculum or project at… Read Full Post

Quest For Knowledge – A Paradox

Strange are the ways of life. As a kid, I was never a good student. School petrified me, and formal education was something that I detested. I am talking about those days when corporal punishment in schools was rampant. Teachers used to consider it their right, and parents also accepted… Read Full Post

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