Sunday, May 5, 2013

Red Queens

I had already possessed the DVD necessary for my science fiction assignment.  I purchased the DVD copy of Total Recall when it first came out.  When I was younger my family owned a copy of the original Total Recall on VHS.  The current competition between DVDS and streaming videos on demand goes better with the Red Queens model.  Dr. Thornburg   said, “Huge competition between two technologies is in the process and all other competitors are left behind.”  I agree with this because there was VHS and it was replaced by DVDs and video on demand.   Presently new movies do not come out on VHS. 
                They are either on DVD or video on demand.  There are some benefits to DVDs and there are some benefits to video on demand.  DVDs benefit people that do not have internet connections or slow internet speeds. Video on demand benefits people that like use computers and have internet capabilities that can properly show the movies.  Also video on demand typically comes from another source such as Netflix or cable companies.  Both can appeal to two different groups of people. 
On McLuhan’s tetrad I believe they are in the enhance stage.  The new media has improved upon VHS and have caused VHS to be in the obsolete stage.   Some people believe that DVDs will soon be replaced by video on demand but I don’t see how that can be possible. This is a website I was looking at that believes that one day it will happen.

Walden University (2008). Red Queens [Video file]. Retrieved from                  apps%2Fblackboard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id%3D_2643401_1%26url              %3D

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Disruptive Power of Second Life

Second life is a disruptive technology because it has displaced a technology.  The traditional online chat has been replaced with virtual worlds in a sense.  This innovation replaced the traditional chat room where people can only talk using words.  In second life people interact differently.  Humans are social people and this fills a social need that humans have.  In these virtual worlds you are never alone and information can be experienced together according to Philip Rosedale.   I think it will be over a decade before another technology displaces it because it is just now getting off the ground.

Rosedale, P. (2008). Philip Rosedale on Second Life [Video]. Retrieved from       

Friday, April 12, 2013

Rhymes of History Technology

The technology that I wanted to focus on is Instagram. This new technology is trying to create a, “world more connected through photos.” This technology is free and easy to use. The type of technology that Instagram rekindles from the past would go back as far as 3500 B.C. in ancient Sumer. Pictographs were used on clay tablets to convey messages and connect future generations. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics are believed to go back to about 3000 B.C. Julius Caesar had messages carved into stone in public. In 175 the Chinese carved classics into stones. These are all different types of technology that Instagram has rekindled. People take pictures on a daily basis and post them for the world to see and stay connected. This was the same function that the historic technologies were used for as well.  Dr. Thornburg said that technology can fit in a rhymes of history situation  where a new development mirrors or rekindles something form the past and I believe Instagram does just that.


Instagram. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Laureate Education, Inc. (2009). Rhymes of History. Baltimore, MD: Author

Saturday, March 16, 2013

iPads in the classroom

A current technology that has emerged in the last few years that has started to shape the learning process is Apple's iPad.  The number one problem with the technology is the price.  It is also hard to monitor what students are actually doing on their school supplied iPads.  The societal needs that are meet include interactive activites and a reduction of textbooks.  This technology would be even better if it were more affordable for all school districts and students.  Some sites that might be useful include: and

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Connectivism Mindmap

  • How has your network changed the way you learn? 
    • I know this seems odd but networking has not changed the way I learn.  Personally I like to do things alone.  
  • Which digital tools best facilitate learning for you? 
    • None of these tools are better then the other for me.  I have been struggling with blogging, wikis and Google Plus.  When it comes to collaboration I have struggled.
  • How do you learn new knowledge when you have questions?
    • When I have questions I would rather go up to someone and ask them face to face or read the information in a book or online myself.

Thursday, January 10, 2013



Howard Rhinegold talked about how in history humans have found ways to work with each other for the greater good.  He used the example of hunting big game and that it is impossible for one person to take down a mastodon.  Humans would have to come together to kill such a creature.  Personally I believe that humans only like to come together when it serves a common goal.  Most of the time people like to do things as individuals.
In my classroom whenever I mention group work there seems to be a wave of groans and questions of can I work by myself.  Technology can facilitate collaboration amongst learners because it can help elevate some of the fears and concerns that students have when it comes to collaborative assignments.  A student’s participation and contributions can be tracked and this helps the grading process. 
I found this link of useful resources and I would like to share it with everyone:  there are lots of resources available for free.    The research study that I would like to point my classmates to is located at:
Burger, S., & McFarland, M. (2009). Action Research and Wikis: An Effective Collaboration. Library Media Connection, 28(2), 38-40.
 Rheingold, H. (2008, February). Howard Rheingold on collaboration [Video file]. Retrieved from

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Cognitivism as a Learning Theory

As I was reading Bill Kerr’s blog the first thing that popped into my mind was that he is confusing my by constantly using “isms”. Bill Kerr said, “Actions which are followed by rewards are often repeated.” I completely agree that this is a strategy that is still used in today’s classroom. The theory of behaviorism, to me, is one of the most used strategies inside of the classroom. All students receive a grade for their work. I consider grades to be an award. Some students might not agree with that but rewarding a student with an “A” is a reward in response to the correct work being submitted. There were many times in Kerr’s blog that confused me. At one point I was not sure what theory he supported. I am guessing that he believes that all of the learning theories are necessary because he started to lean that way by the end of his blog. I am wondering if anyone else had trouble understanding his points and if they can elaborate further on what he was trying to say.


Kerr, B. (2007, January 1). _isms as filter, not blinker [Web log post]. Retrieved from