This week in CEP812 we were asked to critically examine our InfoDiet. What is an InfoDiet, you ask? Our InfoDiets are the set of information that we take in regularly. The internet has made information readily available, but it also filters what we see. However, Eli Pariser describes in his TED Talk that there are now “algorithmic gatekeepers that decide what we do and don’t see,” (2011). Pariser warns that we must seek information outside of our “filter bubble” to avoid only taking in information that only aligns with out current thinking.
When I first started thinking about my own InfoDiet, I was convinced mine was balanced. I often turn to the internet to find ideas for my classrooms. I enjoy seeing what other teachers are doing and learning. However, I don’t seek out just any teachers online, I have a handful teachers that I have found that I follow on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or on their blogs. I am frequently turning to these online spaces to gain new ideas, but these new ideas come from the same people. I realized that I need to have a more balanced InfoDiet. Here are the three new sources I found on Twitter to help expand my filter bubble:
- NWEA– I chose to follow NWEA on Twitter to learn more about the organization. As a first-grade teacher, I often times disagree with testing such young kids. I also disagree with the weight these test scores have on a teacher’s evaluations. I have strong opinions about this test, however I have never sought out information to try to better understand it. The first thing that stood out to me on the NWEA’s Twitter page was that it was a non-profit organization. I suppose I always thought that the NWEA was another avenue for someone to make money. Throughout the week, I read their Tweets, which offered a variety of information on different types of assessments and overall links to information to support teachers. After this week, I have gained a new respect for the organization.
2. Flipped Classrooms– When searching for solution to my wicked problem, rethinking teaching, I automatically thought of Project Based Learning, since I have has positive experiences with this. It was not until I was pushed to see the limitations of PBL that I began to realize I needed to push my thinking further. This is when I began to research flipped classrooms. This idea took me out of my comfort zone and initially was not something I agreed with. This Twitter feed provided a lot of information on using various technologies in your classroom and the benefits of a flipped classroom. After taking some time to consider this idea, I can see the benefits and appreciate the idea more.
3. MEA– I chose to follow the MEA because it is an organization I am a part of, yet know little about. Before this week, I did not see a real purpose behind the MEA. Little change has happened in my district despite the efforts of the MEA. Due to this, I did not feel the MEA was doing what they could to fight for teachers. However after reading though their Twitter feed, I saw all of the positive things the MEA was doing around Michigan. I also appreciated that they were always posting news articles and updates from the Department of Education. They are doing what they can and keeping their followers informed.
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Pariser, E. (2011, March 1). Eli Pariser: Beware online “filter bubbles” Retrieved August 8, 2015, from http://youtu.be/B8ofWFx525s