Emily Columpsi

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery" -Mark Van Doren

The Possibilities

Hey everyone,

So today I was searching through Facebook and I came across this video. It is quite long, rather 8:30, but it is definitely worth a watch. It is one of the most honest videos I have ever seen, as the narrator made very valid and important points. Humans are so attached to technology; however, sometimes we forget the possibilities and opportunities technology can potentially give us. In our ECMP 455 class, our professor, Alec Couros, constantly reiterates the potential of technology and how it can connect us in many ways: whether nationally or internationally. That being said, one point that the narrator makes near the end of the video really stuck with me, as it relates to the topics that we discuss in our ECMP 455 class. He states, “The internet gives us the power to share a message to millions around the world. Therefore, when we still can, lets use our screens to bring us closer together rather than farther apart.” This statement reminds me of the conversation we had a few weeks ago about participatory culture, and how we are now able to work collaboratively together via technology in ways that we never were able to before. The potential to share, connect, create, remix, and collaborate by the use of technology is greater than ever. The possibilities are endless, and we can’t forget that. We need to explore these possibilities to, like the purpose of this video, share a message to millions.

The narrator also mentions, “Does technology show us how smart we really are? Or does it show how lazy we have become?” This is a question that I have been asking myself over the past few years, and still the answer is a huge blank. Thoughts?

There are dozens of extremely important topics covered in this video. However, the thing is, is that people will watch this video and in five minutes they will forget that they have even seen it. Don’t forget. Remember the potential. Remember the relationships. Remember the opportunities.

 

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