It might be the time of academic year, but I began the week with a bad case of laryngitis. My best time in the week to give to this course has been the later part of the week and the weekend - but I was not speaking above a whisper and had to wait out this week to get my voice to a point where I could talk for five minutes without coughing.
I managed to wrestle Garage Band on my Mac to create one. Emailed it to myself at work and played it successfully there. But I could not determine how to embed it in the blog, despite a call-out to others who are much more adept at the technical than I. The final recommendation was to put the podcast into i-movie and create a video. Which is what I did. But when I got it into i-movie, of course I had to redo the audio.
So, here is my video that reviews how the printing press and the Internet have impacted education; even though I knew Gutenberg's invention was important, it's impact on the classroom was interesting. Teachers today will tell you how much the Internet is a distraction in class, but I had never considered that text books might have been viewed in a similar light by earlier teachers who had been accustomed to being the only source of knowledge in the classroom. But I do believe the printing press had a more significant impact on society than the Internet, because of how it opened the doors to education for everyone. The Internet has just expanded that.
The research on retention of material read on the screen versus paper intrigues me and while it is entirely possible that we will adapt and become better at the screen than paper, the value of understanding transliteracy as Bobbi encouraged us to this past week was clear to me in the end. Teachers... and students, need to be transliterate in both the online and offline worlds.
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