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Three political cartoons used here as learning objects to go along with a discussion of "You Are Not a Gadget".
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Using cartoons is always a fun way to get students interested in a topic and to help them understand it better. This topic of technology especially lends itself to being humorous and making connections to students lives. I think students would get the point and be able to participate in a lively discussion after analyzing these cartoons.
It appears that everyone enjoyed and agrees with the use of cartoons in the classroom. I have tried to implement political cartoons as much as possible in my class and was able to do so with varying success. These cartoons are very simple to understand and the students would be able to generate various discussion points in response. However, despite the simplicity in language and visuals, these cartoons hint at very important and critical moments in our country's development. As the teacher, it is important to facilitate the conversation and direct the students to think and discuss the broader social implications that these cartoons highlight. The second one, with the patient asking "Siri" for a second opinion made me think about people in third world countries that cannot afford or have access to doctors. Having a cell phone with access to the Internet, could help save lives. Think about Web MD and other sites that could offer help. I'm not sure if this exists, but what if a poor person could take a picture of their sick child's wound, face, or whatever, and send it to a non profit, like doctors without borders, and receive an unofficial diagnosis and treatment plan. Of course it would not be perfect and mistakes could be made, but that would be far superior than no access or opinion from a doctor. Anyway, the cartoon examples are well chosen and I enjoyed your presentation.
5 stars for you guys! I enjoyed the political cartoons with this topic for two reasons. First, the cartoons were simple enough to understand and the topic of technology is something that the students can definitely relate to. The second reason is because it allows the teacher to educate students on how to analyze political cartoons with a familiar topic such as technology. I especially enjoyed the one about the "Siri" app on the Iphone since I have friends that have actually done that. In public. It was embarassing. Nice job!
This learning object is great! Political Cartoons can be very effective and these ones certainly are by showing how technology is misused and relied upon far too much. By having students analyze these cartoons they will understand the perceptions many people have about technology. The cartoons can be used to stimulate a thoughtful class discussion because these are views relating to something used so often by students. The only thing I would recommend when using these cartoons in class is to facilitate conversation by pointing out important aspects of the comics and guide students in the right direction.
I really like all three of these political cartoons, particularly the last two, because they perfectly illustrate the disconnection between 'real' reality and virtual reality, old media/interactions and new media/interactions, etc. The biggest obstacle, as others have pointed out, in implementing these learning objects in the classroom will be frontloading the concepts they're pointing out. Lots of kids probably won't get them at first because most of them see this kind of behavior the comics expound as perfectly normal and probably couldn't conceptualize anything differently (like actually taking a doctor's advice without consulting the Internet, or avoiding friends to wait for a new iPhone so they can brag about it to their FB friends.) Great job!
I really like the comic where the woman asks the doctor if she can ask siri for a second opinion. It really encapsulates the message of the book in a way. However, the other two comics might be a little hard for younger students to grasp and, even for older students, they might not even know what the Occupy movement is let alone what it is supposed to represent in the comic. If students have background enough to understand the comics, they will all add to the discussion, but otherwise I fear they might take away from the topic of the book by requiring more explanation.
I really like this learning object because it has students critically think about the role technology plays without having to discuss what Jaron Lanier specifically said. I like that the three cartoons differ from each other and will make students contemplate how technology impacts choices that people make. I can't think of anything that could have been done to improve this learning object. Great job!
Great job with the cartoons. Pictures are always a great way of grabbing a students attention. It also helps reinforcing the point of the book and message. It shows the negative, quirky, side affects of technology, showing how depended we can be with it. Students can analyze these photos seeing what the message is, they can express these ideas through writing to discussions, and work on their critical thinking skills. Great job with this., and your presentation!
I loved the idea of using cartoons to exemplify the ideas presented in Lanier's book. Visuals are a great way to show students a point you are trying to make without having them read a long article or even a book (not saying they should not, but time may be an issue). This goes well with Lanier's book and even if students did not read it you could explain the main points of the book simply from having students look at a cartoon (and generate a discussion, like you mentioned). I like your idea of asking kids what they see, but I think (from experience with 6th graders) you may have to ask them questions and guide them into the right direction for them to give you the answers you are looking for. Great learning object!
Agreed- using humor and visuals are typically great ways to make complex subject
matter more comprehensible to students, and these are no exception. I especially
like the one about 'mayorless cities'- as much of a comic exaggeration as that seems like today, I wonder how far-fetched it would be in another 30 years, especially as technology continues to connect us as a society and allow our opinions to be heard by (potentially) millions of people. One thing that might work well as an accompanying task would be to
have students complete worksheets roughly in the vein of the political cartoon analysis guides that we recently completed in Jason Schipper's class, whereby students would
be asked to respond to the political cartoons on several different levels of comprehension. Overall, nice job!
Another great Learning object. I think political cartoons are a great way for students to understand the complexity of a variety of issues. I like the three that are chosen here in regard to Lanier's text. I think these cartoons show, in a satirical, way our dependence on technological devises and the "dehumanizing" aspects. I would not change a thing here. Good work!