Readings 1 – A Domain of One’s Own

1.) The Web We Need to Give Students by Audrey Watters

Join my Hypothesis group to read my annotations for this article. I made annotations while reading the article to give my honest and current thoughts. It was fun to make this connections between this topic and my job. I thought that students having their own domain would be an interesting alternative to transcripts. At the end of the article, the author suggests a similar idea! I talked about my personal pros and cons for domains being a transcript alternative. It is a pro to showoff the student’s works and achievements. Especially in a school district like the one I work for, where we do not use the traditional grading system. Without that traditional grading system, we don’t have their GPA right away, we have to go through a process to convert our advanced, proficient, developing, and emerging scores.

Here is the link:

https://hyp.is/go?url=https%3A%2F%2Fbrightthemag.com%2Fthe-web-we-need-to-give-students-311d97713713

2.) Why ‘A Domain of One’s Own’ Matters (For the Future of Knowledge) by Audrey Watters

After reading this article, I created a mind-map that I thought hit the main points and key details in the article.

I like how the author listed three worries about upcoming trends (such as fake news), and worries about educational technology (such as students not having control over their personal data).

3.) A Personal Cyberinfrastructure Revisited – video by Gardner Campbell

I often referred to this video when commenting on the other two articles mentioned previously. Gardner Campbell contributing to a video series about the topic of “A Domain of One’s Own”. To summarize his video in laymen terms, he said that having access to your own domain / server is important to obtain a deeper understanding of the web. Having access to your own domain / server also allows the person to show their self throughout their work. He often uses the word artifact. Artifact meaning that you can see the attitude, understanding, and cognitive framework regarding the subject. The architects of the artifact can let their personality, aesthetic, creativity shine through their own personal, individual space.

Campbell used a lot of metaphors in the video. One that stuck out to me was when he was comparing this topic to a road system. He said that this topic is like a “system of roads as being not just about narrow transportation concerns, but something about the way we imagine living together. A particular set of roads, or grid, we think of it as an artifact, not just as a utility.” You can tell that he feels passionate about the individualism and idealism of the web space as a cohesive sharing space for individual ideas.

Campbell also brings up, “one of the founding fathers of podcasting”, Dave Winer. Winer has many ideas regarding this topic, and has a cool website called EC2 for Poets. The video’s conversation used this as an intro as to why interacting with the server makes the web space better, due to the personal connection.

4.) A Personal Cyberinfrastructure by Gardner Campbell

“The early days of the web in higher education involved workshops on basic HTML, presentations on course web pages, and seed money in the form of grants and equipment to help faculty, staff, and occasionally even students to generate and manage content in those strange “public.html” folders that suddenly appeared on newly connected desktops.”

It is so interesting to look back even in my lifetime as to how things have changed. In one of Audrey Watter’s articles, she talks about how the internet is about to celebrate it’s 28th birthday. I am 24 years old, but I have seen a lot of changes in technology. Growing up rural Alabama on a farm, we didn’t have internet at first. Then when we did have internet, it was dial-up. Now we have this crazy fast wifi or LTE, and we pretty much need it to function. I could not do my job without the internet, or the tools / resources we have on the internet. My school district created a website to fit our unique needs. I use that website to put in grades, to gather information on a student to help them succeed in mapping out their next steps, etc. I thought it was interesting that Campbell started off with that reflection, because it is crazy the amount of growth happening.

“Then the web changed again: Google, Blogger, Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter. The medium is the message. “

A quote from the article that Campbell used to illustrate his point as to why domains are so helpful for students and staff. He proposes an idea to give students their own domain at the beginning of their academic journey. Along with their schooling and personally, students would see their website, and website skills grow over time. This would allow students to develop technical skills that are needed for so many jobs in this 21st century world, and allow for deeper understanding of the net.

This would allow for students to enrich their academics by showcasing their knowledge and skills on a personal platform.

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  1. It’s very cool that you are using hypothes.is — I’ll have the whole class using it in the next collection! But I am unable to see your annotations. If you did them as part of a group, I think I/we need to join your group to see them. Can you provide a link to join your group? Then I’ll have a few comments and questions 🙂

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