This post is from Week 11 but I feel it relates more to Week 10 so through the published date I can now turn back time haha!
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A school has tweeted some information on how to stay ‘cyberstreetwise’ as algorithm and big data motivates individuals to add people to their network sites through their behavioural patterns and social media interactions which can include friends, friends of friends, public figures, celebrities, imitators and strangers. Schools need to educate young people on ‘how to keep safe!’
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There is a new trend in dance where everyone seems obsessed with achieving the splits in a short period of time (some youtube videos state that it is achievable in a day) or contort their body as a measure of ‘talent’. The instantaneous unrealistic results can cause high risk of injury and the individuals uploading demos are doing so without considering the long term health risk of young dancers. Youtube and blogs allow anyone to disseminate tips and offer advice which is freely available to young people. Information is provided by individuals with no requirement of training or knowledge. Digital education is changing the dissemination of knowledge, as dancers no longer learn from a teacher who is considered an expert and holder of all knowledge in that subject. The access to social media creates an environment where a competitive culture is created and there is no vetting of technical abilities, knowledge and understanding. Particular TV shows like ‘Dance Moms’ celebrate hyper mobility, tricks, and contortion alongside dramatic and unhealthy environments which puts a lot of pressure on the young dancer. The young dancers health and wellbeing is out under strain as they try everything possible to resemble their online idols. Thus in turn puts pressure on dance schools and teachers to deliver similar results. Dance schools providing technique in various styles feel pressurised from a business point of view to keep their dancers happy by offering class that may stretch their capabilities. However, If they don’t get the provision in the safety of the tutor led environment then dancers unfortunately turn to Youtube where the teacher or young vlogger can not correct, provide feedback or ensure safety. Now while I welcome online education and the open access to knowledge which overcomes boundaries for individuals that may not have the privilege, the change from education to ‘learnification’ takes away some of the learning from the expert or educator that can guarantee quality.
Biesta, G. (2012) Giving teaching back to education: responding to the disappearance of the teacher. Phenomenology & Practice. 6(2), pp.35-49.
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When I first mentioned the use of 360 degree video for dance as an educational subject online access and promotion was limited. Now it seems to appear wherever I look and it’s wonderful. Dance Companies and organisations are starting to work with the technology creatively and expand their capabilities and online presence.
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Today I had the opportunity to meet James Lamb in real life (IRL) from our course whilst exploring Edinburgh. It’s always a pleasure to meet individuals in person and even more convenient in the city of the university where we study Education and Digital Cultures. This makes me excited for our EDC get together IRL at the end of April. Where people from spaces meet in wonderful places it reminds me of Lister (2009, p214-215) where he covers ‘belonging’ and if communities can be separate from physical location due to a digital divide. I believe so and have valued the relationships formed with individuals online with shared values and interests.
Lister, M. … [et al.], (2009) “Chapter 3. Networks, users and economics” from Martin Lister … [et al.], New media: a critical introduction pp.163-236, London: Routledge
Today, I felt isolated both in my MOOC and the EDC course. After, a wonderful Skype meeting with Eli a while back I have decided to reach out and connect with my peers. I have to admit that my human drive for social interaction has got the better of me.
Knox, J. (2015). Critical Education and Digital Cultures.