Week 2 Popular Cultures

*Film1: A Day Made Of Glass* How is education being visualised here? What is being learned and taught?

In this video education seems to take place everywhere in formal and informal settings at home and in health settings. Glass serves as the metaphor for technology represented by transparent surfaces or screens; technology is part of the everyday life, and it provides the means of communication and learning. However, I was surprised to see everyday life similar to what we know today: children ride with a parent to school made out of bricks and mortar, a traditional classroom with students sitting on chairs and a teacher in front of the class explaining things, etc. It seems old fashioned. Experimental education takes place inside and outside in nature. Children explore a forest and learn about extinct species, also with the help of technology and 3-D. The film portrays an idyllic life where technology is utopian.

Definition of formal, non-formal and informal learning http://diakvallalkozas.ktk.nyme.hu/definition.htm

Formal learning takes place in education and training institutions, leading to recognised diplomas and qualifications. Non-formal learning takes place alongside the mainstream systems of education and training and does not typically lead to formalised certificates. Non-formal learning may be provided in the workplace and through the activities of civil society organisations and groups (such as in youth organisations, trades unions and political parties). lt can also be provided through organisations or services that have been set up to complement formal systems (such as arts, music and sports classes or private tutoring to prepare for examinations). Informal learning is a natural accompaniment to everyday life. Unlike formal and non formal learning, informal learning is not necessarily intentional learning, and so may well not be recognised even by individuals themselves as contributing to their knowledge and skills.

Film 1: A Day Made of Glass 2. (5:58)
Utopian — Technology is integrated in everyday life –Technology facilitates communication –Technology helps learning and exploring the environment both in formal and informal settings.

Film 2: Productivity Future Vision (6:17)
Utopian–Technology is integrated in everyday life–Technology facilitates communication–Technology helps people be more efficient consumers.

Film 3: Sight (7:50)
Dystopian–Technology is integrated in everyday life–Face-to-face communication is influenced by the knowledge one gains with the help of technology–Technology is used to control others.

Film 4: Charlie 13 (14:20)
Dystopian–Technology is integrated in everyday life–A chip is implanted into people to control their lives. Communication takes place through this chip containing all the data about a person–Technology is used to control people and literally divide them into individuals with chips and without chips (rebels). Privacy does not exist anymore.

Film 5: Plurality (14:14)
Dystopian–Technology is integrated in everyday life–Order and control is kept with the help of technology, which is ubiquitous–Technology is used to control people. Privacy does not exist anymore.