In an increasingly techonological world, our online lives will inherently integrate more of our natural lives. Biophilia, defined as the innate attraction to life and lifelike processes, has been leaking into our techonological lives and will continue to increase its prominence as techonology advances. Although many believe that nature is separate from technology, the idea of technobiophilia illustrates the interconnectedness of nature and technology with our learning processes and our overall lifelong goals. We often use metaphors from nature to describe components of technology, like the use of the words bugs, clouds, and streams to describe a technological activity. Since technology is so central in our lives today, students, educators, and everyone alike must realize our interconnected our world is and the role that each component plays into shaping our lives.
Digital Storytelling is a form of narrative development that incorporates historical contexts of storytelling in diverse media types with the use of current media technologies. In the MOOC talk attended in class, Bryan Alexander touched on what exactly digital storytelling is and the uses of different technologies in the process of digital storytelling. Nicola Allain touched more on the academic side of digital storytelling and how learning about it and teaching it is advantageous for participants involved.
Digital Storytelling is learner-orientated and is an important component in a student’s attempt to become metaliterate. The creation and distribution of new or already known knowledge allows users to participate in and reflect on the specific story at hand. This type of storytelling provides us with a way to collaborate and learn using new media technology. As technologies continue to develop and expand, I believe the idea of digital storytelling with gain importance in not only our personal lives but in education as well.
There are positives and negatives to the increased user participation and interaction with the news that stems from the use of social media. Citizen journalism is based upon public citizens
“playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and
disseminating news and information.” The Garrett Hardin Society is interested in bioethics and the preservation of a “meaningful framework to discuss ecological, economic, demographic, and ethical issues.” Both are related to each other in that they involve the sharing of information.
Since we are always interested in finding useful and true information, the ideas that the Garrett Hardin Society present are a positive thing for information sharing. Without being able to discuss information in a distinguished framework, the content of the information loses its reliability. It is also positive in that the works are meant to progress and optimize overall quality of life not only for ourselves, but for future generations as well.
Although the concept of citizen journalism is positive in that it allows for a multitude of ways to access knowledge about the news and current events, one must be cautious that the content relayed in a citizen’s account of the news is reliable. It would be easy for one to slant the information provided in a way that biases the readers opinion of the newsworthy event. It’s also easy to give inaccurate information to those who seek information just for the sake of reading it. If it is not read with the thought that an everyday citizen wrote the piece, then a fake story can easily replace the real one. Anyone can put whatever they please in a story without discretion for the knowledge of the audience. It is wonderful that any citizen can participate in a newsworthy event and gather information about it, but its another thing to report the information with bias or a personal agenda.
In a world with diverse forms of communication and growing access to different types of information sources, Metaliteracy is becoming increasingly important. The ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information in a variety of ways is inherent to individual success, as well as an important link in forming new and prosperous relationships with all people. New forms of and advances in information technology have shown that the ability to produce and share information is necessary in all spheres of our lives, especially in a modernized culture flooded with social media, mobile and online technologies.
Metaliteracy is important to my success both in my educational career and everyday life. Not a day goes by that I don’t have a question about something that I need information from others to answer, whether it be what time a movie starts or what the weather will be like throughout the week. When it comes to completing a homework assignment or clarifying points for an exam, my need to search for accurate information and decipher the information has shown to be constant. Without the works of others who were searching for the same information I was, there are many cases in which I would not have found the answer I originally desired. In my Information Literacy course, I hope to be able to become more in tune with what information is considered reliable information as well as how to effectively interact more with others to meet any information need. The Metaliteracy MOOC, with its open learning basis, will be a good place to interact with others to expand my views and knowledge on producing and sharing information in a collectivist manner.