When I was in elementary school, mainly up until grade 7 and 8, cellphones/texting, social media, youtube, etc., was not really a big topic. (Which was good, because now I wish it was still the way it used to be, without screens everywhere you look…..) Some kids had cellphones but the most popular networking site was MSN. We lived for MSN back in the day…we couldn’t wait to get home from school and talk with our friends we just seen at school online again, HAHA! Nearing grades 7 and 8, youtube become popular as certain videos became viral. Some of the youtube videos we used to watch were the famous ‘Charlie Bit My Finger‘, ‘Charlie The Unicorn‘, ‘Allan!Allan!Allan!Steve!Steve!‘, ‘The Duck Song‘, ‘The Annoying Orange‘, just to name a few. Some of them rather irritating, as you may have viewed these before. If not, give them a gander to familiarize yourself with what I am speaking about. Not until recently, have I really realized how quick it can happen, sent out in the online worl and BAMM a billion views (okay…kind of exaggerated, but you’re picking up what I’m putting down).
In viewing this weeks video clip, An Anthropological Introduction to Youtube, Micheal Wesch describes how an original video can be made into a variety of different videos and how he states that most of the videos uploaded to youtube are only intended to have and audience of 100 viewers…WOW, in which we know are above and beyond capacity. This is applied in the Numa-Numa & Charlie Bit My Finger clips we watched in class. Social media and its several applications can be both advantageous and also a hinderance. For instance, in a positive sense, the videos posted of Justin Bieber singing when he was younger took onto many viewers, thus making him Uber famous and now has made a career out of it. On the other hand, social media can be extraordinarily dangerous, scary, risky, inappropriate and hurtful. In the way of cyberbullying and being ill-educated with dealing with something as new and advanced as technology and its multiple strands. It is so important to be wary of what you view, what you share, what/how you use it, and what you post on social media, as you never know who is watching or how many people are watching or who is on the other end. With screenshots, and other ways of saving data, online media can be very iffy.
For teachers in the classroom, it is important to bring as much technology to students learning as possible…that being said, only if it benefits and influences learning in an effective and balanced way. There are so many different apps, devices (tablets, computers, mimios, iPads), websites out there, of techy resources that are there for use in schools. Before beginning to use technology and its many facets and being introduced to it, it is best to give a lesson..or multiple on safety, respect, and appropriation to prevent mistakes and risky business of something going viral that was not supposed to, to begin with. This is especially prevalent in todays technology driven society, world and classrooms. We need to educate ourselves before we educate others!!