Impacts of Technology: Movies, Radio, Lectures, and Powerstrips

userpic=frebergEarlier this week, I wrote about the negative impacts of the Internet on society. Today’s news chum deals with a similar subject: the impacts of the Internet and technologies on industry and academia:



2 Replies to “Impacts of Technology: Movies, Radio, Lectures, and Powerstrips”

  1. I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve listened to the radio-radio. It’s been at least four years, if not five. 2006/2007, I got big into MP3s and liked not having to deal with commercials and talking heads. Endless playlists have been a great boon for me. 😀

    I rented a car last Summer that came with XM radio and was surprised at the clarity and the range. I figured in some places of Harlan County, I would lose signal – so I took my iPod with me and kept it plugged into the stereo in case I hit a void. I thought this because wireless coverage down there is absolute crap – even the cell companies say so. Heck even “local” radio doesn’t work down there very well, AM or FM. The mountains are so close together, there’s nowhere for the signals to go. So unless you’re pretty much downtown right on top of the station, you don’t get any reception. I never lost XM except around one tight corner, and I was “behind” a mountain at the time for about three seconds. Not even long enough to lose beat while singing along.

    Smartboards are the big thing in classrooms here now. With my lack of visual acuity, were I a student now, I’d be sunk. I can’t read from whiteboards – can’t see the print. When I was in school, I was lucky if/when I could read the chalkboard (I often asked permission to sit in the teacher’s seat so I could see to copy!). Smartboards are neat, though. What they can do is like something straight off Star Trek, and though they wouldn’t work for me, I find them fascinating.

  2. Smartboards are a neat idea, but I really don’t think the technology is there yet. To begin with, I tend to write equations really quickly (and legibly) on a whiteboard or chalkboard; I’ve found that smartboards can’t keep up with my speed and the writing looks like a jerky connect-the-dots image. There are several useful tricks I can do with a document camera, a digital projector, and an ordinary whiteboard (cast graph paper onto the screen and draw on it, etc.) that I haven’t figured out how to do effectively with a smartboard.

    Regarding webcast lectures: I can see this working if the instructor is just delivering a pre-written speech (I’d worry about legibility of board writing, though). That’s not what I do, though. My teaching style is all about interacting with the class–
    what formula can we use here? what are the units of measurement for this? where can we go from here? does this result seem realistic? explain to the person sitting next to you why or why not
    –and I can’t interact with a camera.

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