Global Perspective

In today’s society the media has an immense impact on the way certain cultures, races, as well as people are portrayed. This heavy influence goes hand in hand with one’s global perspective. The media has the power to sway ones opinion of people, religions, cultures, etc., unlike themselves. We tend to make a bias mental picture of what we deem them to be like.

                The video that certainly intrigued me the most that pertained to global perspective was the video with the children and the stereotypes of the Middle East. Like most unaware people, the children’s first thoughts about the Middle East were certainly stereotypical. When the instructors displayed pictures on a screen the children had to answer whether they were pictures of the Middle East or not, many of their answers can be linked to the heavy impact of the media. However, as they became more educated on the culture and analytical on the topic, one can say they became more “metaliterate”. The children were introduced to an array of new information such as books, movies, and even interacting with other Middle Eastern children. By the end of the video you can remarkably see the growth in each of the children’s awareness of the Middle East.

                Furthering the topic of global perspective even more, by watching this video my views have changed as well. Not only have my views of the Middle East changed, but my views on how vital it is to be educated on a topic before you speak. I’ve learned that it’s not really wise to speak and form opinions on a matter you know nothing about.

In the end, it is clear that the media has a lot to do with one’s global perspective. However, with the right mind set and education the media can also enrich your global perspective as well.

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The Metacognitive Dimension

The metacognitive dimension of metaliteracy is very interesting. This Metacognitive element promotes the idea of “thinking about thinking”. At first this simply didn’t make sense to me.  How is it possible to think about what you are already thinking? My question was answered after watching the short film provided on the metaliteracy mooc page. The video explained that metacognition was simply a realm that you are enabled to reflect on your own thinking processes. The short clip also included an example of a man painting a portrait. The brush touching the canvas is simply painting and metapainting where the artist is aware of the painting. Relating to class discussions it is clear we use metacognition on various occasions. The vast amount of class activities we are asked to do make us think. Without realizing it we are asked to explain and for that brief moment I think about what I am thinking. I ask myself why I am thinking that thought or how I even came to a certain answer for my conclusion. It is clear metacognition is used frequently in our lives without even realizing it.

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Social and technological changes

In the fast paced digital age we live in, it’s almost impossible to keep up with technology. One minute you think you have the hottest technological device out, the next its out dated. It feels as if every second there’s a new eye catching, alluring piece of technology we have to get our hands on. With that being said, social and technological changes have a major influence on the various roles and domains of students. In my opinion, these changes have made the role of a student easier. Students now have access to an array of information with just the click of a button. For example, the Minerva catalogue. With just a couple of clicks, it is easy to find books in the university library that pertain to a topic you are interested in.  I recently used the Minerva catalogue to find several books in the library for research.

Today, I feel there are fewer roles and domains of students. With such easy access to research information it makes the student somewhat lazy.  This lack of work causes the roles and domains of a student to decrease. Looking over the diagram titled “The metaliterate learner”, domains such as cognitive and affective decline over time when little work is required to do research. For example, in class we are required to make a website. The process to set up the website was so simple it barely required any thought. It was easy as 1-2-3.

Present day students, in my opinion, are way better off than those from 50 years ago. We have access to an endless amount of resources and research. Any questions we may have can be answered at a click of a button. If I wanted to find out what year the microwave was invented I could simply just plug it into Google or Wikipedia, and in an instant links with the answer to my question would be displayed. Although it’s amazing having all this information under our finger tips it can also be a minor setback. Students don’t have to work as hard as they did 50 years ago. Our research and work ethic is declining. 

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Metaliteracy

When the word “metaliteracy” was first brought to my attention, I had no clue what it meant or how I could possibly write a blog post on it. I’ve never heard of such a thing. However, now I have a slight grasp on what it actually means. Metaliteracy is a way to spread as well as increase ones understanding by using technology.  It intertwines the sharing of knowledge and the social media while promoting collaboration and critical thinking. Technology advances every day in our digital age. It is extremely vital to gain access and get the most out of our available resources.

In the midst of taking this course I hope to become more understanding of the digital age. I would like to become more knowledgeable of what online resources are available to me. Essentially I want to become more “metaliterate”. Becoming more metaliterate will not only help me now in school, but later on when I become an anthropologist. Being able to understand and skillfully use the computer and its resources is a great asset your future employers will be looking for.

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