A web 2.0 flow chart for digitally nomadic educators

http://prezi.com/hjvdb9qeogc8/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy 

I wanted to make a flow chart to help myself remember, and others find, these great web 2.0 tools.  There were to many tools and catagories to do a standard infographic so I decided to use Prezi in a new way. Prezi is not designed to work like this but it does so surprisingly well. It was challenging to think of how to categorize all of the web 2.0 tools out there because of their diversity.

I named it web 2.0 tools for digitally nomadic educators for two reasons. First I recently learned the term Digital Nomads–  “individuals who leverage telecommunications technologies to perform their work duties, and more generally conduct their lifestyle in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—from home, coffee shops, public libraries and even from recreational vehicles to accomplish tasks and goals that used to traditionally take place in a single stationary workplace.” Also because I also recently learned the term Nomadic Subjectivity – “Rosi Braidotti’s nomadic theory outlines a sustainable modern subjectivity as one in flux, never opposed to a dominant hierarchy yet intrinsically other, always in the process of becoming, and perpetually engaged in dynamic power relations both creative and restrictive. Nomadic theory offers an original and powerful alternative for scholars working in cultural and social criticism and has, over the past decade, crept into continental philosophy, queer theory, and feminist, postcolonial, techno-science, media, and race studies, as well as into architecture, history, and anthropology.”

I think as academic these are two important terms to aware of.

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Fun Personal Project

On ASU’s campus there was recently a forum on privilege.  This forum was set up because an RA had set up check yo privilege boards in the dorm and some people felt like this was an attack or an invasion of their space.  The forum was excellent and one of the professors quoted the comedian Aamer Rahman’s sketch on reverse racism.  I thought this was a really good way of explaining reverse racism and highlighting privilege in such a way that it was both funny and insightful.  In making this project I am also reflecting on the current news about police brutality. It seems like cell phones are playing the same role that tv crews and cameras did in the Vietnam war.  Seeing is believing.  And seeing makes things real in a way that doesn’t allow us to ignore them.  This has brought issues of race and the military-industrial-Academic(was originally in Eisenhower’s speech but was removed for simplicity)-Prison (as discussed in Imperial University) complex to the forefront of conversation.

The web 2.0 has been instrumental in this conversation. With youtube and other video hosting sites making the footage readily available to the public. Also with social media being a site for people to have conversations about these occurrences often with outrage at verdicts that protect police.  #blacklivesmatter.  This is not a new issue (power by Audre Lorde). But the use of social media and video is reconstructing the ways we are processing these issues.  I made this video to highlight what I believe is a great tool for understanding the concept of reverse racism.  This is for educational purposes because there is not a better way I’ve found to help people understand reverse racism without “calling out” students, which causes them to shut down. As we saw with the issue of the privilege boards in the dorms.

Also, this was super difficult to make!! I have a whole new appreciation for the amazing kinetic typography videos that are out there.  I thought there would be a good web tool for making these and there really wasn’t.  So I learned to use Adobe After Effects.  I watched 4 hours of tutorials and experimented with the program until I figured out how to make a simple version.  This highlights another aspect of the web 2.0, you can learn anything! There are so many great tutorials on anything you could imagine.  I also learned to use Premiere Pro the same way, I just start plunking around in the program and when I get stuck I google it and find a tutorial.  I use google because part of the issue is learning the language of the program.  And google will take me to forums where people are contextualizing questions for the program which give me the vocabulary to re-google and find tutorials. I learned a lot doing this project and I hope it adds to the conversation.

 

 

Geo Tagging

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I’m not really into the idea of geo tagging.  I think its creepy that my photos can store information  about where I was when the photo was taken.  It is neat when you can see many perspectives from many types of cameras but I would rather not be tagged with my photo.  It has a big brother feel to it.  I do think that Geocaching is awesome though! I think it is really cool that most of us have gps technology on us at all times.  This can both be creepy in the big brother sense and empowering in the adventurist explorer sense.  As with every technology there are both potentially positive and potentially negative consequences.  One unintended consequence of having gps technology since I started driving is I have no idea how to use a map.  I also am super reliant on my gps to get places I frequent.  I just visited my friend Jon who lives in Hickory (granted Hickory is especially hard to navigate) I got lost and my gps stopped working and I had a major ut-oh moment.

Bridal Veil falls

Also I do not like Flickr Sam I am.  I feel its Yahoo’s last attempt at being relevant. Flickr is the only reason I have a yahoo account.  I used to make yahoo accounts for things I just needed an email that would get spammed…  I haven’t used Flickr enough to understand its controls so I get frustrated when I cannot figure out how to operate it.  I am also not a photographer so I do not have many good pictures…  Although this one is super cute of my girlfriend Rachael and I under a waterfall.

Project ideas

Web tools by discipline

For my own project I want to make a map of web tools by discipline.  In line with McLuhan’s media is the message I think that media shapes meaning and that some media will therefore be better suited to particular disciplines.

I think this could be done like our Google spread sheet for my personal use but should also be presentable in infographic format.

I think a fun idea could be to 3d print something.

Or to make a video for a short philosophical rant…

Or a word thing like this

Group projects

I like the idea of a flash mob but being in different places limits what we would normally constitute as a flash mob.  I wonder if there is a way to have an online presence in the form of a flash mob?

http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2013/04/12/the-white-house-is-about-to-host-an-online-flashmob-on-gun-control

Since its Women’s history (herstory) month we could do something that raises social awareness of the subjugated perspectives of women?  (currently in a feminism and pedagogy class)

I thought this was a really neat idea.

http://observer.com/2015/02/moma-to-host-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-to-repair-art-world-gender-imbalance/

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/if-women-want-more-representation-on-wikipedia-they-need-to-edit-it-themselves

Moma had a wikipedia edit-athon to strengthen pages related to women and herstory.

Another idea could be a lip reading video…

Lost would be a good one, or Fox News, or a Wu Tang video…

Or a prezi Music video…

I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess

The Web 3.0 is going to be the internet of things.

This is the future present because of our integration of web 2.0 networks with objects outside of our computers.  Such as our every day objects, lamps, window shades, cars, and watches.  This is going to further integrate our networking technologies with our everyday lives.  This will seem like it will make things easier while at the same time with further complicate our lives like many of the consumer products that came before.

Along the lines of this connectivity through technology is this very cool idea from a cyborg anthropologist (already cool).

An idea I think is cool is that we are already cyborgs… In her book Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature Donna Haraway says “I would rather be a cyborg than a goddess.”  She is using the idea of the cyborg as a tool for moving beyond the dualism of male vs. female, we are all cyborgs.  McLuhan also conducts this argument we are inseperable tied to our tools.  The image of the cyborg is often portrayed as the terminator, a metal computer infused being

but is the picture of farmer john also a cyborg?

Farmer john is just as intricately linked with his tools for his survival and conducting his everyday life.  The idea that our tools make us cyborgs can be taken so far as to suggest that our very language is a tool that we use not only to function but to define ourselves and to connect with others.  Being cyborg is not new, we have always used tools as extensions of ourselves.  However an awarenss of this practice seems to be the site of a lot of new and interesting research and philosophy.  Such as the extended mind theory, and McLuhans insights into mediums the extensions of man.  Also, back to Haraway, in the philosophy of science we are beginning to question the roles of our laboratory technology and what it means to overextend our visual sense of the world as a Foulcoudian Gaze.

P.s.  I really like Continuum for its cyborg, time traveling, syfy media.

Bike Trip!

My girlfriend and I have been talking about taking a bike trip to Asheville for some time now.  The trouble with the parkway is that it is meant for cars not bikes so campgrounds are far apart.  I looked up four campgrounds near to the parkway we could easily access.  This technology is great because I am able to see the elevation climbs we will be making each day which helps to know when we will be needing a rest.  I can also print the directions and save them to my phone so that we will not get lost or miss our stops.  With the map I was better able to get an idea of how long this trip will take, 1-2 weeks, because we are beginner cyclists.  I love my gps and I have never had to operate without one.  I really don’t know how to use a road map.  If the gps is lost I’m s.o.l.

https://www.google.com/maps/@36.208763,-81.6626189,13z