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Reflection on the week+

My VAC/Dracula post is more of a micro-blog reflection. Here is more...

There is the argument in 2¢ Worth » In Response — The Need for “Web 2.0?
about what's really new about Web 2.0?

Generation YES Blog » Blog Archive » Web 2.0 and historical perspectives has a response from Sylvia Martinez, which is certainly one piece of the puzzle looking at this.

I was thinking of my own thoughts on this. The original David Thornburg comment was basically, "there's nothing new, this is just like x,y,z in the past" (meaning the 70s-80s).

After this week, I have to disagree. This week using VAC reminded me of the past. It creates a very temperamental  environment, and had the feeling of "home brew" computing. My students (and many of yours) may be digital natives, but they do not deal with many of the frustrations, that we had to in the early days of personal computing (and if you were on a mainframe, it was even worse). I think many of them do not have patience with the sort of frustration we all experienced in the old days. Some of them do (there will always be some like that in any class), but they are not used to frustration (see my comments on Lisa Durff's post too). Remember, they have been "programmed" by game makers who make games just hard enough to be challenging, but where victory is achievable. They are always on the lookout to make sure that players do not experience excessive frustration, or they will stop playing, and go on to the next game. Working with VACs is NOT like that. There is no guarantee of success. I don't know if the next time I do a recording set up it will work.

This program may be about Web 2.0, but now it has a very 1.0 feel to it, and that's not a bad thing, but it does give perspective.


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