Week 1 Activity 4: Generations of information seekers

Click to access UCL_Reading_research.pdf

What follows starts with a quick exercise to focus your thinking about the Google Generation.

  • Below are four statements about that generation. Two statements have been described as myths by the authors of the study from which the graph is taken: please try to identify those two statements. And, in your view, how accurate are each of the other statements?

    1. ‘They [the Google Generation] need to feel constantly connected to the web’

    2. ‘They are the “cut-and-paste” generation’

    3. ‘They pick up computer skills by trial and error’

    4. ‘They are expert searchers’

Which of Statements 1–4 above, if any, apply to you?

I think that in some way most of these statements could apply to me, although to varying degrees.  I’m pretty much a daily user of the web through both my work, my study and my home life. I definitely pick up computer skills by trial and error and I would class myself as an ‘ ok but could do better’ searcher … In terms of the cut and paste generation .. that is a tricky one .. I can see in one way it could apply but it does seem an almost ‘dismissive’ turn of phrase – not sure about that. I’m definitely not part of what I see as the ‘google generation’ though age wise ..

Which method in the graph above do you depend on most?

I guess I’m probably right in the middle of the graph age wise and I would pretty much use all of the methods mentioned, it depends on the task really.

Week 1 Activity 3 : How much changed when printing arrived?

Thanks, Gutenberg – but we’re too pressed for time to read

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2008/jan/27/internet.pressandpublishing

  • What strikes you as interesting?

Mmm … I liked this article … well I did until I tried to look up the link it mentions in to the study by the British Library and researchers at University College London. The link to the study which the article says is available from tinyurl.com/2eslnr seems to reach a dead link … now it could just be me and my little old computer perhaps but if it isn’t me and if the link truly is dead then this might well provide another aspect to the ‘power browsing’ and quick wins referred to in the article – did I bother trying to get to the study after my fruitless effort ? Well no …. will I look it up at some point in the future ? Possibly but probably not … Could I just be satisfied with reading (skimming) the summary info provided in the article (for a quick win) rather than looking at the study directly ? Probably ….  certainly food for thought on the old surface / deep learning debate 🙂

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  • How clear do you find the argument about the First Law of Technology – for example, the point about overestimating?

Well I could see where he was going with it, but I found that I needed more information in relation to where this ‘law’ had come from and whether there were any other laws that went with it … so I guess from the article itself , only a hint of the underlying principles of the laws of technology was given and therefore no I dont think it was particularly clear.

A quick google of this later gave several results eventually leading me to this blog post by Michael Sacasas which I found quite accessible to read and this gives a useful summary of all six laws of technology which have become known as Kranzberg’s Laws ….well that is assuming that I have stumbled upon the correct set of laws ….

(http://thefrailestthing.com/2011/08/25/kranzbergs-six-laws-of-technology-a-metaphor-and-a-story/)

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Kranzberg, Melvin (1986) Technology and History: “Kranzberg’s Laws”, Technology and Culture, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 544-560.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/3105385

I also found this useful video on You Tube by Connor Owens which gives a useful overview …

Week 1 Activity 2 : Sharing your reactions

Something that interested me …

I’m really interested in how people learn both in formal situations and informal contexts. I love the idea of the fact that you can learn without realising you are learning ( if you know what I mean). I’m really interested in the different attitudes and behaviours that people have towards use of technology for their own learning and I’m looking forward to working in a collaborative setting as we go through the course.

My Chosen Learning Outcome

For me I guess the key learning outcome would come under Cognitive Skills  and developing my ability to  ‘use …differing perspectives to make sense of your own and others’ experience of learning with technologies’ .  Working with other people and learning about their values and attitudes towards the use of technology will really help with this 🙂