In week 7, we discussed the digital technology affordance with a mind mapping tool, called ‘Ketso’. Dividing two group, we dealt with the advantages and disadvantages of the technology affordance on education under four categories; communication, learning, teaching and environment.
First of all, using Ketso was a very unique experience. There are two things which come up in my mind given the word ‘mind mapping’; one is planning and the other is SWOT analysis. I usually utilize the mind mapping before initiating a project since it helps me see the issue more objectively and use SWOT analysis for the mind mapping despite of analysing framework, which is often used in the business sector and focuses on the strength, weakness, opportunity and threats of the issues. Using Ketso was very different experience. First of all, it allowed us to make a mind map together in terms of collaboration. My previous experience about group working was not really good due to negotiating different opinion. It is definitely hard to deal with a negotiation in order to produce one voice. However, we did not need to make one opinion since it was mind mapping so it was more creative and group members felt free to interact with others. Especially I liked to know the idea and opinion which I could not come up with before. Hence, there seemed no limitation and was very creative. Laurillard (2007) states that students can be motivated to engage in their learning by sharing their work and discussing their output with peers. As Laurillard (2007) mentions, the conversational framework can be designed with minimal requirement (Ketso) for supporting learning through the collaboration work, I was able to get motivated with peer interaction and communication. In addition, I learned that a group work can be more enjoyable with no pressure to negotiate among members. The one thing I would like to suggest after engaging Ketso activity is that it might have been better to have an activity and see whole picture of digital devices’ impact on education in the beginning of the course since it would help us to grab the idea that we were going to study in the course.
Lastly, I have to answer the question; Is education a genre? I think education is a genre since it has sub categories such as level of education, length of education, and the action or actor of education and so on. However, when I did mind mapping in order to see the categories, I found an interesting factor. Although it is possible to have a sub category, each factor interacts with each other despite categories under the different name unlike other genre such as music. It can be seen in the picture below. Therefore, education has unique character to name genre.
– Laurillard, D. (2007). Pedagogical forms of mobile learning: framing research questions.