Online data – creative but risky

There is an increasing use of iPad applications for learning and creating(Chip Chicklets 2010)

In his seminar titled ‘Making is Connecting’  held in Denmark, David Gauntlett used Legos to demonstrate linkage and importance between making and connecting.

He suggested that teaching is no longer effective with the “sit back and be told” culture, where students are taught what to think, passing knowledge directly from teachers or television. He believes “making and doing” culture should be used, which gives our next generations tools and let them be creative in learning.

They connect to others in networks, both physically or virtually, and they will end up building and nuturing their own unique global network. For example, David used climate change as to illustrate how audience can achieve by self-learn with tools available, and the evidences are all online data, no matter its an opinion piece or a graph, a pie chart or a colour-contour map, these is all produced and shared among people, without boundaries through the internet. David believes ideas are out there for people to understand, and their mind-set will be change, to become concern of the issue, and even start campaigning for a change.

I think using tools, one can get creative, and changing others mindset is easier than ever, espcially with the well-established social networking sites. Nowadays more and more schools start to use different tools such as computer and interactive board to aid students learning. And the latest technology, is to use the iPad2.

“It’s not just the device that has an effect but how it gets used, the way students think about what they’re doing”, said Peter Goodyear, professor of education at the University of Sydney. It showed that private schools are expanding the use of new technologies in classrooms, rolling out iPads to help teachers and students with teaching and learning. Further information about this can be found in this article published on Sydney Morning Herald in January.

However several issues come to my concern, these include:

1.   Persistence of the data.

All data is being released into the digital sphere and will be kept there forever. Joe Salvo mentioned that the Information Age has ended, and he believes we are at the System Age. The information Age a period of history of separations between people because the existing data tend to be low-value ubiquity. The Systems Age is new data processing period, including sensing, collecting, and manipulating, which occurs at real-time with little or no human supervision. And hence all data once published can always be retrieved even I try to remove them.

2.   Searchability and replicability

The internet is a world of resource without boundary of countries, and it is easy to download or share files even they had copyright, including movies, songs, books. Bloger Coturnix raised the issues of the ways our connectedness affects book publication, as the internet offers writers more ways to start writing, get noticed, self-publish and embrace new forms

3.   Invisible Audience

The information may be useful for my assignments or even beneficial to the society. For example, Aleks Jakulin he thinks that “keeping medical data public would allow massive advances in medicine”, but there is struggle between data privacy and publicity, in understanding the diseases, the information of the patients will also be leaked out.

Try Google your name, you might find your own electronic footprint that you have left unconsciously, and it might not be compatible with the image you want to present to others, and might get your unemployed! So, readers, beware!


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