Welcome to CECS 5200: Technology Media in Education
Instructor: Lin Lin (Lin.Lin@unt.edu)
University of North Texas

Course main platform (WebCT): https://webctvista.unt.edu/webct

Wiki Contribution: 20 points (all four entries are due by Oct. 10th)

Goals and Activities: this exercise is for us to obtain a good understanding of emerging media and technology in the context of educational purposes and activities base on Bruce and Levin’s taxonomy. [Reference: Bruce, B. C., & Levin, J. A. (1997). Educational technology: Media for inquiry, communication, construction, and expression. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 17 (1), 79-102. http://www.isrl.uiuc.edu/~chip/pubs/taxonomy/taxonomy.pdf]

Each participant is to contribute one type of media under each category, namely, media for inquiry, media for communication, media for construction, and media for expression in the following manner:

1) Type of Media
2) Definition
3) Advantages
4) Disadvantages
5) Culture of use in educational settings
6) Trends and future
7) Other
8) Contributors

Besides contributing one media entry each week, you are encouraged (and will receive extra credits) to edit (add, modify, or delete) the other colleagues’ contributions. Please do not worry about accidentally deleting what you didn’t intend to delete, because the past entries are recorded and thus retrievable. If you have made changes to any other colleagues’ entries, please add your name after their names as “contributors.”

I will use “blog” as an example:

Type of Media: Media for Expression

Definition: Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site. (Reference: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&hs=mVL&defl=en&q=define:Blog&sa=X&oi=glossary_definition&ct=title)

Advantages: This site has a good summary of the advantages and disadvantages of blog: http://www.gerrymcgovern.com/nt/2004/nt_2004_08_23_blogging.htm

Disadvantages: http://www.gerrymcgovern.com/nt/2004/nt_2004_08_23_blogging.htm

Culture of use in educational settings: Blog has

Ulises’s (a doctoral student majoring in Math, Science and Technology) blog: http://ideant.typepad.com/

Trends and future:

Connectivity and Search

Up until the last two years the blogosphere has been used primarily as a place for journaling; a place for individual writers to write their reflective thoughts on any subject that came to my, or to record the events in their lives with text and digital pictures. Now due to the advent of three new capabilities this could all change. Now with Rich Site Summary (RSS) code the reader gets automatic notification whenever a new entry has been made to a site that he or she has visited previously. Along with this new capability is the added advantage of something called "tagging" wherein the blogger has the capability of writing a text tag beneath each digital image provided on the weblog. Now search engines like Google and Technorati.com will find those tags and serve them up as additional search information. Additionally and as a result of the tagging, multiple similar venue blogs have the potential of being linked together even without the bloggers' knowledge or consent. This blogosphere spread can be helped along by other agents such as www.feedtaggger.com who makes it their responsibility to feed these tags to requesting sites. As a result though, the blogosphere has much more of a chance of replacing certain businesses with only a slight market edge. (BusinessWeek Techbeat - April 2005)

Corporate and Political Use

While historically the weblog has been used for personal journaling and first person reporting, often as in the case of the upcoming elections, politicians and corporate entities have taken note of the advantages of the web to reach a larger portion of the X generation to bring about political change and support their political agendas. Since blogs are generally spoken in the first person, when these media are used in this fashion they blur the lines between first person and the collective "we" or first person plural. Often times it’s hard to tell whether you are communicating with the "Real McCoy" or not. Obviously a presidential candidate on the stumping trail will probably not be able to sit and blog every day. Corporate organizations are also discovering the advantages of "homey" types of information. All this being said though, it is the readership that eventually determines the success of any blog.

Blog resources:
Some popular blog service providers:
How to add links to your blog:
  • When you get to the Template and see “Add and Arrange Page Elements”
  • Click on “Add a Page Element” on the right-hand side of the page
  • A new window opens, click on Link List / Add to Blog
  • A Configure Link List window opens:
    • Title: You can type something like “Special Links”
    • New Site URL: just type in the address of your link www.
    • New Site name: whatever you want to refer to that link by
    • Select save changes
  • Preview
  • View Blog
  • To add more links, edit your link section
How to add Podcast to your blog:
Contributors: Lin