Technology in Education - Utopian or Dystopian #edcmooc

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This is my digital artefact submitted for the final assignment in E-Learning & Digital Cultures course of University of Edinburgh, through Coursera.org

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Technology In Education: Utopian Or Dystopian? A Digital Artefact By Rajiv Bajaj For # edcmooc

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Since times immemorial…

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We humans have been evolving…

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And as we evolve, our thirst for knowledge increases.

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We try to learn from all available sources.

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From our history & legacies…

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From our scriptures…

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From other cultures and religions…

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From books and from research…

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We absorb knowledge like sponges…

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We make progress and we develop technologies that help improve our quality of life.

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Technologies that assist in, and greatly enhance and improve our learning experiences.

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The face of education itself has been changing over the years.

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Technology is increasingly shaping and guiding our learning.

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Education itself is Evolving !

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The Digital Re volution Has…

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Re vamped

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Re juvenated

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Re charged

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Re fined

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Re freshed

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Re vitalized

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Re organised

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Re defined

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Education As We Know It Today

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A Digitally Connected World

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Has Created A Global Classroom!

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And What Makes This Possible ?

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Technology

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The Engine That Powers…

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Most Education Today !

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From normal classroom aids …

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To Virtual Reality…

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To Online Learning

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Technology is enriching & enhancing our learning experience.

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This is MY PERCEPTION of technology in education.

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Viewpoints differ on this issue.

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The Utopian & Dystopian Viewpoints

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Utopian - A positive, hopeful, futuristic & idealistic view of technology.

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An instrumental view of technology: Technology is a product of humans in the service of humans.

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It may be used for good or ill. It is able to be mastered.

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Technology can solve problems, even problems that technology creates.

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Resultantly, problems are solved by increasing complexity and increasing order.

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Progress is an essentially good thing and progress requires order.

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Dystopian - A Negative, Despairing & Fearful View of Technology.

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Technological Innovation is always resisted.

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Fear of technology in the workplace. Fear of replacement.

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Technology changes behaviour and patterns of behaviour .

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As instrumental technology is unable to be mastered people become more “objects” to be “ordered”.

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And MY view on this

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The battle between Utopia and Dystopia has been raging for centuries…

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Neither side winning or losing.

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Symbolizes the age-old co-existence of opposites.

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Like the good co-existing with the bad.

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Truth With Untruths.

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Two sides of the same coin.

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A spinning coin, perhaps, that keeps changing the side that it presents to us ?

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Our attitude towards technology is a matter of our perception.

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Our perceptions shape and define us.

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Our perceptions also dictate our actions.

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How we perceive something is based on our past experiences.

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We tend to view everything through our “mental filters”.

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No two living beings have identical mental filters .

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We are all unique and our experiences in life are different.

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These filters are made up of Beliefs, Assumptions, Values, Ideas, Expectations & Personal history. Beliefs & Ideas

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Utopia and Dystopia, in my view, are nothing but two conflicting perceptions…

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… a product of our perceptions, sieved through our mental filters.

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One man’s utopia may be another man’s dystopia.

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Depends on which side of the coin is visible to us…

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A coin that will always keep spinning…

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Which side of the coin are YOU looking at ?

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And a very special message of thanks goes to: The Fantastic Five - The teachers of EDCMOOC at University of Edinburgh who made this a wonderful learning experience. Ary & Maddie for their support , guidance and encouragement. Monica & Dimitra – my PLN pals for their ideas and support. AND last but not the least to Heikke Hallantie for sharing so many of my blog-posts on Education Daily.

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Reference Sources: Utopian & Dystopian Narratives - http ://www.usc.edu/~douglast/202/lecture5 / Image Sources: Morgue File – http://www.morguefile.com Google Images Wikimedia Commons Images Audio: There Is Magic I n Y ou by Butterfly Tree (Shared under creative commons license) Presentation for non-commercial, educational purpose only. No copyright infringements intended. All rights of the images used are with their respective owners.

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