This weeks theme has been algorithms, algorithms and algorithms. I must admit that I didn’t entirely understand how to explain an algorithm and this was highlighted on my weekly Skype chat with Dirk, Chenée, Stuart and Anne. I mean, I knew it was a process that involved a sequence of actions to perform calculations, reasoning or data processing but in regards to computer science I couldn’t put it into words. I spent the week looking at videos, a blog, recommended blogs and articles discussing algorithms. I even watched BBC Bitesize to listen to the description in the simplest form. The week involved a video that highlights the importance of female role models in childrens books, a bookmark using Medium, a TED talk podcast , an article on students public and private distribution of identity when involved in social media projects and how algorithms affect the workplace and/or may influence education accquirement and attainment. I met with James Lamb to discuss dance in regards to assessment, I played around with an emojicon experiment, I acknowledged that my Fabletics account may not be so personalised and that they may need to rethink my beachwear options. My YouTube account was overloaded with 360 degree videos because of last weeks viewings and my Facebook account made me laugh as it combined my love of dance and humour in this recommended video. The video that went viral of a BBC broadcast got me to appreciate life behind the scenes and I was also left amazed as scientific research and technology allows us to capture footage of a 20 week foetus through algorithms. The use of algorithms in social media makes me question the need to expand our interactions and I finish the week with a conclusion that humans have a sense of awareness that can surpass technology and the algorithm.
This week, I have been the main contact for my Higher Dance and HNC pupils. With one week until external examination they are feeling the pressure and are relying on myself as their teacher for guidance and pastoral support. I have worked with the pupils over a period of time which gives great insight and an understanding of the class as a group of individuals with a variety of personalities and learning needs. If I were to record and document their process using an app such as Class dojo there may well be certain pupils that come across as similar in statistics but the learning process, performance qualities and personal skills would not transpire. I find it very difficult to accept that algorithms and technology may be responsible for the opportunities available to the future academic generation. Humans have an ability to read each other and process information that algorithms may miss. Eynon (2013) states Big Data as a ‘technical fix’ rather than tools to empower and support. If we were to use the Learning Analytics to understand behaviour through a holistic approach then the patterns would increase in value.
Eynon, R. (2013). The rise of big data: What does it mean for education, technology, and media research? Learning, Media and technology, 38(3), 237-240. DOI. 1080/17439884.2013.771783.
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Scientists have developed an algorithm to create the world's most detailed pregnancy scan to date.Credit: SWNS
Posted by Telegraph Science and Tech on Thursday, 9 February 2017
Scientists have developed an algorithm to create the world’s most detailed pregnancy scan to date. It really is incredible….This popped up on my Facebook (FB) feed through my browser history and the recommended videos by the activity of FB ‘friends’. It’s like when you want a specific car, you then suddenly spot that make and model everywhere. I feel like everyone around me is pregnant and the algorithms are showing me babies and their activity is influencing my recommendations of videos associated with pregnancy. Arrrggghhh, I feel pressurised into having another baby. Can algorithms influence peer pressure???
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