BCM 325 Blog post 1

Ali: https://theaqibali.wordpress.com/2021/01/18/bcm325-digital-artefact-pitch/

Ali’s digital artefact was about artificial intelligence in education. He talked about how AI could be used to aid the learning process of students as well as helping teachers save the time they would use to mark grades and allow teachers to spend more time focusing more on how the students were doing in school/their mental well-being which may affect their academic performance or social relationships.

The thing I liked about his DA was that instead of the usual replacing human teachers with AI, he took the approach of implementing AI in school to aid the teaching of human educators. Which seems to be the more realistic approach, for the time being. Seeing as AI has not developed to the extent of completely replacing educators yet.

I have provided some resources for Ali to check out. They include an online article about how AI is being used in education as well as a report on how students are affected by factors outside of school and how this is mostly overlooked by educators.

Katrina: https://katrinamedia915.wordpress.com/bcm325-digital-artefact-pitch/

Katrina’s DA like Ali’s also talks about education, but this time talks about online learning. I have brought up the pros and cons of physical learning and online learning. In my opinion, physical learning is better if you want students to learn as it encourages and creates an opportunity to not only interact with the educator, but also fellow students. Aiding in putting into practise what we learnt in class with class activities. It also brings the students closer as they can actually be face-to-face with one another and not behind a computer screen. However, I have also been part of lectures and tutorials where the educator does not really care about the students’ learning and just goes on about their business with a clock in clock out mentality. For those, students may prefer to have online classes and study by themselves.

I have brought a question up: What would be the difference between an AI teacher and going to Google for answers? Will there be one homeroom AI teacher? Will it cater to all students at the same time? Will physical schools become redundant? Could this mean there will be online schools catering to students from all around the globe? Maybe even teachers from different parts of the world if they will still hire them. What does this mean for the traditional school system? Which country’s system will they use?

I have also brought up the emergence of online universities and scandals regarding their fees. Them promoting themselves as prestigious even though they are just beginning to be introduced to the public.

The resources I have given to Katrina to check out include an online article talking about the pros and cons of e-learning, a newspaper article about how online-only schools are the future, and an online article about an embezzlement case with one online university.

Sarah: https://sarahjrmz.wordpress.com/2021/01/17/bcm325-project-pitch/

Sarah’s topic is about biometric technology. We have increased the usage of this technology from our smartphones, to our smart IDs. We may even have a surveillance system in the city where it has access to our biometrics. Biometric technology allows governments and large companies to track and monitor its citizens/consumers. In a world where freedom of speech is being challenged with censorship and changing of the norms of what can and cannot be said. It seems highly likely the governments of the world will identify which individuals are in line with them and which individuals aren’t. This sounds as if it has come out right from a dystopian novel. Technological privileges may be there for more developed nations, but it could be a blessing in disguise for those considered less technologically advanced.

I have commented using a dire tone, about how we should be careful when using technology that gives our information away. Sarah is someone who loves conspiracy theories, so I have commented with what may spark her curiosity on this subject. Only that, this is looking less likely to be a conspiracy and more likely a cold reality.

I have introduced an online journal about the surveillance system(society), an online article about how having Internet access(and not having them) affects social inequity, and a YouTube video to satiate Sarah’s thirst for some interesting topic that has recently emerged that could relate to her DA.

I hope my comments have helped my peers find more topics to talk about, or include into their findings and research in order to flesh out their digital artefact.


Feb 4, A.C. / T. /, 2021 and Ist, 04:20 (n.d.). Alexa, please start my classes: Online-only schools are the new frontier in edu sector | Nagpur News – Times of India. [online] The Times of India. Available at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/alexa-please-start-my-classes-online-only-schools-are-the-new-frontier-in-edu-sector/articleshow/80676236.cms

Gautam, P. (2020). Advantages And Disadvantages Of Online Learning. [online] eLearning Industry. Available at: https://elearningindustry.com/advantages-and-disadvantages-online-learning.

Hackl, C. (n.d.). How Technology Will Create These 7 Jobs In The Future. [online] Forbes. Available at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/cathyhackl/2020/06/24/how-technology-will-create-these-7-jobs-in-the-future/?sh=4caf5fc87437

Jacob, B.A. and Ryan, J. (2018). How life outside of a school affects student performance in school. [online] Brookings. Available at: https://www.brookings.edu/research/how-life-outside-of-a-school-affects-student-performance-in-school/.

Marr, B. (n.d.). How Is AI Used In Education — Real World Examples Of Today And A Peek Into The Future. [online] Bernard Marr. Available at: https://bernardmarr.com/default.asp?contentID=1541.

sources, A.T.A.S.U. news content that editors of the M.I. have gathered from other and Permission, R. with E. (2019). Tech Privilege: How access to the Internet impacts social inequity. [online] The Milwaukee Independent. Available at: http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/syndicated/tech-privilege-access-internet-impacts-social-inequity/

Surveillance-studies.net. (2014). An introduction to the surveillance society – The Surveillance Studies Network. [online] Available at: https://www.surveillance-studies.net/?page_id=119.

Thompson, J. (2020). The Unregulated World of Online Charter Schools. [online] Progressive.org. Available at: https://progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/embezzling-unregulated-online-charters-thompson-200403/

http://www.youtube.com. (n.d.). “You will own nothing, and you will be happy”? | The Great Reset – YouTube. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mD-ioJM8v64&feature=emb_title

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