Watch out for your Filter Bubble

This week in CEP 812 we were asked to expand our infodiets on our social media. I thought at first that this would be an easy search, and I would find articles and organizations that will help me find different viewpoints about education. As soon as I would type in a word dealing with education ten sites would pop up stating they were highly recommended for me. When I began to dig deeper and look into the viewpoints I noticed that they were similar to mine. The ideas from Jenkins (2011) and Pariser (2011) were quickly becoming true right in front of my eyes, as algorithms began to filter results that were specific to my interests. I continued to read through other tweets and articles to push my beliefs and thinking, and after digging for a while I began to find articles that challenged my current stance on teaching.

I find it interesting that as a teacher I want to be as accepting as possible to others viewpoints, but yet my social media is very closed minded. I have surrounded myself with ideas that support my own, how does this help push me as an educator and be accepting of others beliefs? This is another example of what is happening on social media, other viewpoints and philosophies are out there but it is our choice if we choose to acknowledge them and adapt or keep viewing ideas that are similar to our own.

I believe Jenkins said it best when he described how quilts used to be passed down from generation to generation and linking it to the older and wiser passing down their knowledge and skills to the lessor (2011). We as a society need to encourage this environment within social media, that there is a lot of knowledge to explore and if we don’t then we are creating a very stubborn environment that everyone will believe their ideas are correct due to their own research. This would be true due to the algorithms that are created within search engines, but how does this allow someone to truly explore so they can for their own opinion. We are allowing social media to create our own bias, but yet we seem to be happy with this. Week 5 has truly opened my eyes about my networks because I have become quite biased in the education world, and am missing out on different techniques or ideas because of what I find comfortable to apply in my classroom. A large part of learning is exploring, and I have a lot more exploring to do when researching for education to ensure that it will benefit my students and not just my comfort zone.

Expanding my infodiet became a healthy choice for me as an educator to help see the other viewpoints for myself just as I would hope my students would as well. Interestingly enough when I began to add Common Core, I began to really see more articles against it and how it is lessening the educational value for our students. I used to just laugh when I would read a tweet or heard someone express this belief, but now as I was able to read articles that support these they seemed to be a little more than just an opinion. I believe this will help me understand more of the parent concerns and better with Common Core and address them better with seeing a different viewpoint. As for my wicked problem of Complex Thinking, it was hard to find information that was challenging my knowledge of this but rather helping expand my knowledge and be able to look into others’ classrooms as for their interpretation of this wicked problem. I believed adding these bloggers and tweets were helpful for me and my group in order to began our discussion of a solution to this wicked problem by viewing others beliefs for what Complex Thinking is within their classroom.

Here is a link to show what I have added to my infodiet:

https://storify.com/gillett_eckerle/getting-started

 

References

Davidson, K. (2016). Employers Find ‘Soft Skills’ Like Critical Thinking in Short Supply. Retrieved October 02, 2016, from http://www.wsj.com/articles/employers-find-soft-skills-like-critical-thinking-in-short-supply-1472549400?utm_content=buffera87e2

J. (2011). Media Scholar Henry Jenkins on Participatory Culture and Civic Engagement. Retrieved October 02, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgZ4ph3dSmY#t=19

Jenkin, M. (2015). Tablets out, imagination in: The schools that shun technology. Retrieved October 02, 2016, from https://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/dec/02/schools-that-ban-tablets-traditional-education-silicon-valley-london

News. (n.d.). Retrieved October 02, 2016, from http://edwp.educ.msu.edu/news/2016/exploring-the-impact-of-principal-evaluation/

P. (2011). Beware online “filter bubbles” | Eli Pariser. Retrieved October 02, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8ofWFx525s#t=65

The State of Critical Thinking Today. (n.d.). Retrieved October 02, 2016, from http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/the-state-of-critical-thinking-today/523

@. (n.d.). Is Memorization Bad for Learning? Retrieved October 02, 2016, from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/memory-medic/201105/is-memorization-bad-learning

@. (2016). What do Schools Teach Children? Retrieved October 02, 2016, from http://blog.jeffbloom.net/2016/08/03/371/

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Du Bui says:

    Angela,

    I definitely agree with you when you say, “..as a teacher I want to be as accepting as possible to others viewpoints, but yet my social media is very closed minded.” I too find it very difficult to even read some of these posts. For example, the posts about the common core being a communist socialist idea from the Department of Education is almost crazy. All of the claims without evidence and reasoning that I read seem almost a waste of time, but Design Thinking does involve the process of understanding and empathizing with all types of people. It was tough for me letting those kinds of people through my filter bubble.

    Great article,

    Du

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