Final thoughts

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I had no expectations when I signed up for this course which is perhaps a good thing. With no expectations I wouldn’t be disappointed. To be honest, I enrolled in the course, after consulting with Kate Davis about which units I needed to take to upgrade from a Graduate Diploma which I had completed way back in 2000, to a Masters. The unit was in the list and I wrote it on my enrolment form. I didn’t bother to read too much about it but as I had recently been told as a result of yet another unsuccessful job application that I was “out of date” I thought learning about emerging technologies as going to be one way of getting up to date and I guess they were correct, I was out of date because I had never considered the technologies I have now learnt about before so I do feel better equipped to show off my new knowledge and show any potential employers that I am no longer out of date.

I struggled at first with the learning environment. There was nothing wrong with it except for my incompetence in the beginning. As usual I jumped feet first without reading all the instructions. Who bothers with instruction manuals? Therefore after signing up and failing to tick the blog box, I had to do it all over again. This made me a bit late starting as well. I realised that the course had already started before I got going.   This is partly because I am studying remotely. I haven’t been unable to attend the workshops in person and as they clashed with IFN600 I didn’t get to listen online much either which left me with a disadvantage. I felt a bit cut off from the rest of the group and missing out on information.   That being said, though being able to leave messages in the learning environment which were always answered in a timely manner, was beneficial and did help.

I found it difficult to interact with my peers at first. I had the disadvantage of not meeting anyone face to face as I didn’t attend the classes so I have been dependent on online interaction. I generally do not do a lot of commenting even on Facebook. I guess I would be called a lurker. My first ever Twitter comment was because of the game which we played. I have enjoyed received comments about my blogs. It at least means people are reading them. With that in mind, I have tried to reciprocate because a comment means not just that a person is interested in what you have to say, it is a form of connection. I do realise though I haven’t been commenting enough and I didn’t realise until we received a post from Kathleen that comments were actually part of the assessment.   I should have taken more notice of the opening line, “…exploring new technologies and connecting with your peers.”   I will say that I think everyone has had some excellent points to make on each topic and it has been enjoyable and interesting to read everyone’s blogs and share everyone’s learning journey.

In the other unit I am doing LCN 600 Connected Learning we have been considering the Connected Learning principles, and I recognised this course displays all these principles well.

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I enjoyed reading through the learning materials. They were not too academic and dry, and it was good to have a blend of video and reading. As they were online it was also handy to be able to jump from the learning material to find examples of what they were talking about.

I enjoyed creating a blog and being able to write my thoughts and ideas about the technologies we have been exploring.  I have often thought of writing a blog and might consider doing this in the future, I just need to come up with a suitable topic.

I found the quantified self a challenging activity.   I picked an app to record how much water I should be drinking and reminding me every hour to drink water which I am ignoring. One day I will start paying attention to it. As I mentioned in my blog about it, I am not good at keeping records on myself. I couldn’t even keep a diary. My Ipad wasn’t working so I could not download an app on to it which meant I had to do it on my mobile which I didn’t use for downloading apps. This meant I got to know my phone a bit better. My Ipad still isn’t working properly which is not actually a bad thing. My 8 year old doesn’t get on it anymore and she was becoming a bit too obsessed with it.  There were also a few activities which I felt technologically incapable of doing, so did not select on those weeks,  such as creating an app, making something and creating a mashup.

I enjoyed all the topics. They were interesting and varied. I found the open source topic particularly interesting and timely as at the time we were doing this, I was involved in a virtual team assignment in LCN600. After a few issues with topic selection for our assignment it was decided that we would do open publishing. I was instantly able to connect with what I had been learning in this unit and it made it much easier for me to get into the assignment.

Gamification was thought provoking and I enjoyed the videos by Jane McGonigal, even though I still don’t know if I agree entirely with everything she said. I have been thinking about creating a game to get my daughter into reading. She likes playing games on the computer so it would be good to blend a non-computer activity with a game. I thought an empty bookshelf which when she reads a book, will be added to the shelf. After 5 books she can select a book end. There will be rewards as well and a big reward when she fills a shelf.   Unfortunately I do not know how to set it up so it may have to a game which is not on the computer.   In that same week I also enjoyed watching Chris Milk and hearing about his work with virtual reality and empathy. I played the Wilderness Downtown interactive video to my daughter using our address and she wondered if the runner was really out the front of the house.  If you wish to try it, use Google Chrome.

I found the week in which we considered the human rights issues around the Internet and technology to touch on my own concerns which should be concerns of everyone, privacy, accuracy and property. These are real concerns which constantly need to be addressed as new technologies come into play.   At the time we considering these issues one of my favourite comedians Kitty Flanagan had an “interesting” solution to some of these issues.

I was also given the opportunity to talk about a topic I have been interested in for some time, the right of people to not use the Internet such as my mother. The reality is though that the world is going to get more connected not less and more and more services will require us to have access to computers and the internet to use them but I do wish technology development could slow down and let us catch up. Things become old and obsolete too quickly, which is another irritation of mine.

I was excited by the opportunity to edit my uncle’s Wikipedia entry.  I have been wanting to do that but never had the confidence to do it, as I had not written the original and thought it might not be the right thing to do.  By coincidence, a book about him came out at the same time so I was meant to do it.

What I will take away from this course is that there are a lot of new technologies that are changing the way we interact with each other and the world around us.  It is fun to play with these technologies and not to feel afraid to experiment.

Libraries should have a role to play in providing access to these new technologies such as 3D printers although I am not entirely sure that many have the budget.   They also should be providing us with the skills to use them.  A blog from 2015 suggested some more technologies we might like to see in libraries.  It would be interesting to see how many are taken up.  As a librarian, I look forward to the opportunity to utilise some of these technologies in my work.  Now I just need the job… At least I am not “out of date” any more.

 

Is gamification a load of ….

When I initially heard the term Gamification, I thought it was all about gaming.   Whilst I play a few games linked to Facebook, I am not into gaming and know very little about it.   I am afraid I have a rather stereotypical image of what a gamer would be like.  I imagine them isolated, in front of their computers, playing games and shunning face to face social contact.   Of course, I know that is most unlikely to be the case really, although you do hear of addicts who are obsessed with the games they play.  A colleague’s son was addicted to World of Warcraft, not wanting to go out, not doing schoolwork etc.  It caused tension in the family.  I also know that gamers take their games very seriously and some have made a business of being hired to play the game on another’s behalf when they cannot.    I do not have a particularly good overall impression of gaming.

Playing games can certainly waste time.  I know I play too much Cookie Jam when I should be doing something else but I have a strong desire to progress in the game and get to the next level so they have definitely hooked me in.  I like the recent article about playing a pointless game and how addicted it is.  Not Cookie Jam but even the game is close in name.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-09/clayfield-vacuous-entertainment/739081

However, I did not realise that gamification was more than just gaming.  I didn’t realise until now that it is the incorporation of game elements into non game contexts, but when I thought about it I realised that it is just a new name for something that is nothing new either.  Games have been used in education for many years.  I remember going back to my days studying A Level Biology in 1990 playing a computer game about natural selection of locusts in class.  Who hasn’t played Hangman to improve vocabulary, spelling and learn a new language?  Many of us would have learnt how to make money and lose it on the property market with Monopoly.   I see gaming to encourage my daughter to make deposits into the bank.  She can get rewards and go up a level.

I have never really thought of gaming in terms of business but I suppose marketing does incorporate it too to hook you in.  Reward schemes, such as credit card, frequent flyers etc could be a form of gaming encouraging people to get more points and closer (but not too close) to the reward.  I guess this all plays to human nature and the desire to win, to be rewarded.  It is certainly true that positive reinforcement will encourage a behaviour.   I know this from dog training.   Like humans they won’t perform unless they get a reward.

When I watched the video about how playing games could improve the world, this is when I am became sceptical.    How could playing games possibly be linked with coming up with solutions to the world’s problems and why if games are a so good for this are not more of the world’s problems being solved.    Jane McGonigal stated some statistics on the amount of hours of gaming required and I wondered how she came up with such figures.    I  found the blog below which provided some good examples of how gamification is good.  I was particularly impressed with the first example which states that after 15 years of not making progress in Aids research, after coming up with a game Foldit, which had 240, 000 players, a development in Aids research was achieved in 10 days.

http://yukaichou.com/gamification-examples/top-10-gamification-examples-human-race/#.VzwdkJVJnIU

I would recommend this blog if you are interested in gamification.  The blogger Yu-Kai Chou has also developed a gamification framework, Octalysis which is worth studying.

In terms of motivating employees to improve their work, I am not sure.  I am bit with Dilbert on this.  http://dilbert.com/strip/2013-05-19 Some people will welcome work being more fun and enjoy the challenge as well as the rewards whilst others will resent it.   I also wonder what happens if people fail the games.  What would that do to somebody’s confidence or motivation?   In interview with Adam Penenberg who wrote a book “Play at Work : How Games Inspire Breakthrough Thinking” he explained how games work on us.

“Because games offer clearly articulated rewards for each point players score and new level they achieve, they trigger the release of dopamine, a hormone in the brain that encourages us to explore and try new things. Since we like the feeling we get when our brains are awash in it, we’ll do whatever it takes to get it, over and over. We also miss it in the event we run low. That’s when our cravings are dashed and we experience disappointment.” http://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2013/10/07/adam-penenberg-how-gamification-is-going-to-change-the-workplace/#58886afe39e5

If the game is designed well it might achieve results of increased motivation and creativity, but designed badly, it could have the opposite result in employees.

Kai Riemer listed the below as possible problems in introducing gamification concepts to the workplace.

  1. “Gamification is a short-term concept.
  2. Gamification addressed the symptoms of a broken system, but does nothing to fix it.
  3. Gamification is disrespectful of employees.
  4. Gamification only looks good on a simplistic understanding of human activity.” https://byresearch.wordpress.com/2014/05/18/why-work-gamification-is-a-bad-idea/

Nir Eyal and Stuart Luman suggest that gamification at work, can lead to a culture of backstabbing and unethical behaviour to sabotage other’s efforts.

I like what gamification can do for healthcare.  If it can change people’s behaviour to stop smoking or drinking or encourage them to take medication, then that is a good thing.  The use of gamification in children’s health certainly is a positive benefit and liked example provided for children to understand what the medication is doing to their cancer cells.  Actually I think adults could benefit from the game as well.  Having just endured 26 weeks of chemotherapy myself, an explanation into how it was helping in the form of a game would have been welcome.

A different sort of game play which seems beneficial is roleplaying which is being used in decision making.  Two articles I found, one on healthcare policy decision making and another on communities planning on the effects of climate change have been successful.

In conclusion, I do not agree with the statement by Ian Bogost that gamification is bull excrement although I can see his point.  I have now seen examples that suggest gamification can be successful,  and has got the potential to be a useful tool in decision making, creativity, behaviour modification.  It is already proven in learning and can help with motivation.  However, to call it an emerging trend is not true.  Gamification is a new term, for an old idea which is simply being utilised in more contexts with the evolution of new technologies as game platforms.  It is a beneficial tool but should be used carefully.

For having read through all my incoherent thoughts on this subject, you have earned yourself 1000 points and a gold star.

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Playing the game – reflection of an activity

The last couple of weeks have been interesting.  I have enjoyed participating in the game.  It allowed me to do some new things including mashing two photos and sending a tweet.   I found three of the hidden pictures.  Infuriatingly, I note they were numbered 1, 2 and 4.  Where was number three?  Was there one which I couldn’t find or were they numbered to confuse us.    I enjoyed getting the badges and at one point was second on the leader board which felt good.   So the game suited my desire to be rewarded and it was motivating to try the different games which were challenging enough to be interesting but not challenging enough to be beyond my capabilities.    Did I waste time doing the game when I should have been doing something else?  Yes, sometimes. I tried too hard, for example trying to mash the photos right and wasted time trying to find the right mashup programme to work with and then figure out how to cut an image out of a photo to insert in another one.

So if a game like this had been organised for work purposes, would I have done it?  Yes, but would it have improved my work capability, I am not sure.  Would it have made me more motivated to work, again I do not know.  I will discuss this in my next post how beneficial gamification is.

Forgotten Memories – Something Happy

 

As I have been playing this game for the last two weeks it would be silly not to do the last activity but to be quite honest I have found this most difficult.    This sounds depressing I know, but I really cannot find a picture which reminds of a happy time which is accessible on the computer at any rate.  As I thought back through my memories to identify something that made me happy, I always found there was something lurking which spoilt the memory.  Stupid I know.    That’s not to say I haven’t been happy but it seems to be the bad memories that stick around, the things that worry you,  frustrate you, make you feel remorseful.  These memories seem to push out happy ones.

I guess Trigger is the one who makes me happy when I am feeling down.  He doesn’t judge me or talk back.  He is fairly obedient and unlike my daughter, I don’t have to ask him 5 times.  He likes to sit with me and put his head on my lap for a pat.  He knows when I need cheering up.  In his younger days we used to compete in agility competitions and we got a few medal and certificates.   A couple of years ago my daughter entered him in the Gympie Show Novelty dog completion and he took out the Grand Champion.  We were proud of that.  He is nearly 12 now and slowing down a bit but we still enjoy our walks together though.  Things have a been a bit stressful for me in the last few months and his presence has certainly got me through the rough times.

Trigger

 

Editing my uncle’s life story

For the activity, I decided to investigate how to edit Wikipedia.  I utilise Wikipedia a lot for looking up information. It is a useful encyclopaedia.  I know not to always trust it though.  For instance, last month a young Brisbane boy was Prime Minister of Australia for 2 days after editing Wikipedia and adding his name to the list of prime ministers.  It took two days for anyone to notice.  I also know that it is not always recognised as a good source for a student to use.  However, for looking up information quickly it is useful.  I like the idea of sharing knowledge and this is an excellent way to do that.   Maintaining reliability seems challenging and I am not sure how they do it.  The below is what they say on Wikipedia.

Editorial quality review

As well as systems to catch and control substandard and vandalistic edits, Wikipedia also has a full style and content manual and a variety of positive systems for continual article review and improvement. Examples of the processes include peer review, good article assessment, and the featured article process, a rigorous review of articles that are intended to meet the highest standards and showcase Wikipedia’s capability to produce high-quality work.

In addition, specific types of article or fields often have their own specialized and comprehensive projects, assessment processes (such as biographical article assessment), and expert reviewers within specific subjects. Nominated articles are also frequently the subject of specific focus on the neutral point of view noticeboard or in WikiProject Cleanup.

I found the process of becoming an editor easy.  I signed up to become an editor, but I think I could have edited without signing in.  I decided to edit the  biography of my Uncle Bill.  He is notable for designing a glider to escape from Colditz Castle.  Whilst the escape didn’t happen, there has been much interest in this and indeed a new book has just been published to further interest.  The biography which had been added was taken from The Telegraph’s obituary of him.  There were a couple of mistakes I wanted to rectify including the date of birth and mention of his son.  I decided to flesh out his personal life by adding the names of his parents and his brother.  There is a nice story about how he and his brother reunited at my sister’s wedding after not seeing each other for 55 years.  I also noted that the most recent flight attempt of a full scale replica glider from Colditz Castle roof in 2012 had not been added.   I also thought I would add a picture of him.  I am unclear on the copyright of the picture and I am going to investigate this.  We as a family have the original photograph which I had scanned into my computer, but of course the photo wasn’t taken by me, so I can’t claim copyright on the original.  I have added it anyway and I am going to find out that grey area.  The other problem with the photograph which I might have is we sent a copy of that photograph to the author of the book and I have just found it on a website page about the book.  The attribution is that my mother contributed the photo, so I still think we hold the copyright if they can track it down to anyone.  When I saved the record, I could not state minor changes so I am unsure if you will see the changes.

Flight Lieutenant Bill Goldfinch
Flight Lieutenant Bill Goldfinch Wikipedia page

I enjoyed the experience and would like to tackle another page.  I actually do not know what I would edit.  To be honest I do not feel expert enough to contribute much.

 

 

The right to not use the Internet

Whilst we are all keen Internet users and are happy to jump on the net to doing our banking, look up movie times, find out information on the government websites and whatever else you want to do online, there are some in the community who do not want to do this.  They prefer the old fashioned way of doing things, but it is becoming harder for them to do this as more and more is being putting online with the assumption that everybody can access it.  I think while discuss the right of people to access the internet and get their information, we need to also consider the right of people not to.

Take my mother who is in her 80s.  We have tried to introduce her to computers.   She could have learned  when I lived with her and had my computer and I tried to teach her,  but it was clear that it really stressed her.  She was given an old laptop from my sister in the hope that she might learn more but it was clear she didn’t want to and fortunately for her the laptop stopped working anyway.  She said she felt bullied into learning computers and at her age why should she have to learn something new.  I actually support her in this.  She shouldn’t have to,  but sadly she is finding it harder to access the information she needs without going online.     Her favourite newspaper The Weekly Telegraph (a UK paper for expats) sent her a letter to inform her that they were no longer printing the paper.  She could subscribe and access the online version and even get a tablet if she wanted.   Yes she could, but why should she have to.  Mum told me that she went to the cinema and didn’t get good seats because everybody else had booked them online.   She misses out on discounts from not paying bills online.  Companies have also started charging for paper bills.  Now they do take it off senior citizens’ bills but they do not necessarily make it clear.  It concerns me that she is increasingly becoming disadvantaged by not being online.    Internet services will increase whilst face to face services will decrease and make it harder for people like my mother.   A UK report suggests that by 2030 700,000 elderly people will be disadvantaged due to the internet and will feel isolated.  Ironically The Telegraph (the same paper which stopped printing my mother’s paper) states that

“A study found that a growing shift by banks, utility companies, shops and community groups to carrying out their activities on the web will leave 703,000 over 60s remaining offline at the end of the next decade in situations akin to “living in a home with no windows”. “

Now there are some good programs such Tech Savvy Seniors Queensland available, to teach them how to use computers and access the Internet.  I think it is great to see them taking on new technologies and accepting progress.  Unfortunately not all are like this and at mother’s age, I think they should have the right to decide not to follow progress if they want.

 

Education – Open for All

Education should be open for all.  That is the ideal.  Even in public schools it isn’t entirely open for all.  There are always some costs involved so it isn’t all free,  and can prevent some children from having the complete education they need.  Once out of the school system, free education is non existent in many places.  The Australian government does help out with grants and subsidies but the student has to provide some payment or go into considerable debt.  The idea of MOOCs has an appeal to many who want to learn and have been prevented in the past because of money.  The question is does the free course offer a quality alternative to paid education.    As I haven’t investigated every course on offer, I really cannot answer that question but I would say that in general free is never as good.  However, it could be.

The people who are disadvantaged in education, are usually from poorer or remote communities.   Given that MOOCs are online, the disadvantaged may not have adequate access to technology or the expertise to use it, thus preventing them from joining the MOOC community.   MOOCs also may not offer provide enough support requiring the learner to have a certain level of education before joining the community.  An article MOOCs and the Claim of Education for All: A Disillusion by Empirical Data concludes that ” MOOCs are mostly used by people who already have a higher educational status” and “theoretical considerations on the digital divide provide evidence that barriers exist regarding access, usage, and reception among the potential participants” which goes against recommendation a of the Paris OER Declaration 2012 which states “Promote and use OER to widen access to education at all levels, both formal and non-formal, in a perspective of lifelong learning, thus contributing to social inclusion, gender equity and special needs education.”

MOOCs could be a viable source of open free education but providers of these MOOCs need to consider how the participants will access their courses and the content provided and what support they will need to create courses which will be suitable for people with barriers to education.

The other concern with MOOCs is if these free educational resources are valued achievements.  When considering the list of qualifications on a resume does the completion of a MOOC rate if no certificate is provided.   Many MOOCs request payment for a certificate.  This can provide another  hurdle for people who cannot afford to pay and put people off completing the course.

As I mentioned in my reflection, I also wonder about the qualifications of the teachers producing these courses.  The ones from institutions and universities are obvious, but the self created courses that anyone put up could questionable, so there needs to be some control to ensure that people enrol in good quality courses.  I am not sure how this is possible,  but an information literate person would know to question this and so it is a role of libraries to educate people on this.

The MOOC is dead – RIP

I have not had much experience with MOOCs and thought this was the easiest option for me with a lot of assignments that I am trying to juggle.  I did consider the mashup as I have never done that but the inspiration I had wasn’t matched by finding suitable creative commons pictures.  I had wanted to mix an old photograph of a place with a new photo of the same place eg the Storey bridge, to see how the development had changed over time.  Good idea but I don’t have the skill or time to execute it.  So I went for MOOCs instead.  I have always considered MOOCs to be simply university marketing.  Try out a unit and then enrol in the rest of course if you want to get a certificate.  In looking at the list I realise many of the MOOCs are simply people wanting to share their expertise.  Question is how do we know they are qualified to provide the information.  I have not investigated how MOOCs are set up but I would hope that there is some vetting that takes place before people can put a course up.

As I have not left much time for joining a MOOC I found one which was self paced.  I take that to mean I can join at anytime.  It was on the Open Learning course site. https://www.openlearning.com/.

I have always had the dream of writing a novel one day, so I found one on creative writing and I thought I would give that a go.  I must say I am less than impressed with the layout.  It opened to the course feed page in which the first comment asked if the course was dead.  A great start.  From the comments I gather the teacher hasn’t been active for nearly year.  That leaves you with the option to complete the activities and get peer feedback if anyone bothers to comment but there will be no teacher feedback, or leave and find another course.  I must say the general feedback was fairly negative regarding the course.  I also found that there were a number of spelling/typos which meant the course wasn’t well scrutinised before putting up.   The schedule of the course seemed reasonable but the content a bit light on.  There was plenty of opportunity for peer contribution which I appreciate.    The My Progress page states that I have completed three pages.  As I only opened these pages, it makes it a very easy course to complete.  However in the view of the inactivity of course it was a disappointing experience to join up with course and Open Learning should take down inactive courses.

In response to the worry about teacher qualifications, I clicked the create a course page and it appears I am able to create a course fairly easily.  I also checked some of the Open Learning pages and there was no mention of teacher qualifications so there doesn’t appear to be much scrutiny of who puts up courses, however this may have been hidden on the page and I didn’t find it.

I am currently studying LCN600 Connected Learning and could see the CL principles were important to Open Learning.

Below are some pages from the course.  I felt there needed to be some work on layout which is quite basic but that is probably beyond the control of the teacher.

 

Peer contribution

 

 

Course content

Course Feed

Course schedule

My progress

Reflection of Assignment 1 – My relationship with technology and the Personal poster

Doing a persona poster about myself was challenging. I didn’t my interaction with technology was interesting and I wondered how I would fill a poster.   I am surprised that I once I got going with it there was quite a lot I could do. It was hard to find the right logos. There were plenty of creative commons ones but I did not like the look of them. I also got a bit caught up trying remove white space around a Facebook logo button. I tried various methods which didn’t work and got quite frustrated. I ended up giving up and using another logo. I enjoyed the process of putting it together and it certainly has made me think of my use of technology.

I think that persona posters do help give an idea of type of person. I like the way it is clear and visual. The blog page http://designresearchuofu.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/some-good-persona-examples.html was helpful in giving me some ideas and I learnt a new word grokkable. I do not know if a fictional persona can really represent people or not but I am assuming that marketing have probably used persona for a long time.

In my poster I describe myself as a player and an explorer.  I liked the alliteration Elizabeth the explorer.  I am interested in technological developments and enjoy experimenting with technology.   However, I do not always succeed in getting the technology to work and this frustrates me so I tend to stick with the devices, programs and apps that I already know for regular usage.

As I said in the poster I like to think I know more than I do.  I can confidently use the computer and all the Microsoft products.  I can navigate around my laptop well.  I don’t know much my smart phone as well.  I only discovered the torch last year.   I really only use the phone for phone calls, SMS and taking pictures.  Yesterday in Big W, my partner calls out to me in the plant section, “Have you got a pen?”  Of course I didn’t and I could sense his frustration.  He wanted to take down the names of a couple of plants.  It was then I realised that I could take a picture of plant labels with the phone, which I did.   This is something I rarely think to do.

As I do not work I cannot comment on my use of technology in work.  When I was working, I used a PC, Microsoft and the library management system.  I utilised Outlook to manage my tasks and keep in on track as most of my tasks came from emails.

I got my IPad for a job interview.  They wanted me to demonstrate I could use one and access e-books.  As I couldn’t use one I thought I had better practice.  Being unable to borrow one, I ended up getting one for myself.  It did help with the interview although I didn’t get the job.   I had held off getting an IPad. I thought they were expensive and I didn’t think I had a use for one. I also knew my daughter would get obsessed with it which has proved correct. I try to control how much she uses it and she is now not allowed on it except at weekends. I have to say that her knowledge of technology is impressive and she helps me when I do not know how to do something. It was thanks to her and her first grade teacher that I got interested in augmented reality. I still do not understand how it works but it does look impressive. My introduction was an app where you can print out colouring sheets. Using the camera, the app then brings the colouring to life in 3 D.   I found that amazing. Check it out at quivervision.com. My next encounter with AR was at Bundaberg. They had a tour where you can see various augmented reality artworks. After downloading the app, you can use the camera to look at a place and see the artwork such as the river with water lilies on it. The tour is not on anymore but you can find out about it here. http://www.bundabergregionalgalleries.com.au/exhibition/unseen-sculptures/.

I am not a big user of social media although my weakness is Facebook which I am on a lot. I use Facebook to connect with friends and some groups such as the Gympie Discussion and Information page. Most information is not of use to me although occasionally it sparks my interest and I join a discussion. Unfortunately some people can get nasty and negative and prefer to avoid that.   One time Facebook was useful, was before a drive to Brisbane. A person commented that there was an accident on the Bruce Highway. It would have caused considerable delay but allowed me to avoid it. I have tried out some of the other social media sites. I have a Twitter account and do follow some people and groups. They are principally library related. I have no interest in celebrities. Too be honest I am not sure I really understand how Twitter works.   I have also been on Pinterest and it useful for getting pictures and craft ideas. However I rarely think to go there, generally Google has led me there.

I use the Internet to look for work. Seek and Indeed are the primary sites I use. I have a LinkedIn account but it is not up to date. I also use the web for Internet banking and finding information I might need such as help with an 8 year old or why my guinea pig has dandruff. I had a health scare last year and it was handy to get information about it.

Since I have been studying, I have learnt a lot more about technology. I had not used Google + before. Now I use it regularly. In one of the other courses, we have been putting together a resource in Weebly.   I hadn’t really done much in WordPress until now but I am enjoying the experience.

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