Second Make up assignment

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In this assignment I was asked to get a photo of a superhero that is off duty and is supposed to do something that normal people do, so I decided to get a photo of superman cleaning the toilet, which is highly unlikely for a superhero to be doing while they are not protecting other people, but I thought it would be a good to show how can a superhero be suffering more than how normal people do.

First Make up Assignment

pjimageEach and everyone of us surely has a couple of things that he/she wants to do if they were ever able to, therefore, I created a collage with four things that I would really want to do. The first thing is to travel to the Himalayas to join a monastery where I would be able to learn deep meditation techniques as it is popular for achieving higher consciences and can be used to destroy the ego of a person, so a person can be connected with the world around him/her, and what is most importantly, to be happy in life, which I think is the hardest task in life, they say money buys you happiness, it is true but to a specific extent as the satisfaction is only temporary, if a person was able to give up all the earthly materialistic things in life and be able to live happily without having anything is the ultimate goal. The second thing I would really like to do is to learn martial arts, and if I did, I will not use my abilities to harm anyone, but it would be much better If I knew how to defend myself against any one who is harming me in any way. The third thing I would like to learn is shooting, actually, I would of wanted to be in any law enforcement job, it would be a dangerous job, but I think that dying on duty whilst protecting or enforcing the law is a good way to die to get over with this life, better than to die for nothing. The forth thing I would really like to try one day is join any kind of racing sport, I have always liked the feeling of speed, so channeling this liking to a sport that I enjoy would be a good choice, even If I died in an accident doing so, although it is not the best way to die, but I would be satisfied to be dying while doing something I like.

Solyia

As a way for us to engage in intercultural learning, we had an opportunity of participating in the Solyia program, where students from different countries meet online in a videoconference. In the first session, I met 4 students, two from Tunisia, the third from America and the fourth from Egypt, we first engaged in an icebreaker activity for us to get to know each other, then we moved on to an activity were each student is supposed to elaborate different words that could define his identity. Afterwards, we kept on talking about different general topics that each one of us had to participate in the conversation. We finalized the session with thinking about a topic that we could touch on in the second session, and we chose Education. The session was not that informative; it was weird at first because I never had a video conference before, but things got better with time, I also found it difficult to participate because I have poor conversation skills, and it is worse with English, but I tried my best to overcome such an issue. Moreover, I have an issue with how I look, so I did not want to be seeing myself in the camera, I felt uncomfortable, so I wanted to turn off the webcam but the facilitator declined. In the second session, we had another student who joined us, she was from America, now there was two students from America so it was better to meet people with different mentalities than the Arab one. We talked about education and how it differs in the countries involved. For example, education was very expensive in America that students had to take loans to pay for it, while in Tunisia it was for free. The conversation then shifted about us the Arabs talking about our countries because them Americans had different thoughts about Muslim countries, that is why I urged them to talk about stereotyping in the next session. It was nice to talk with people from other counties especially that I believed that online interactions will not be as genuine as it turned out to be. However, the sessions are too long and it is boring and weird at times where all of us are staring at the screen but no one is talking, so I think that it would be better for us to have specific topics that we enter the session to talk about with an outline with the different topics in the session because when we choose, we choose one topic, usually it is too general and will definitely take two hours for us to talk about.

Intersectionality

To begin with, Kimberele Crenshaw first touched on the term “ intersectionality ” as a method to illustrate how African-American women are oppressed on many different levels. Afterwards, this academic term has turned to be the foreground for debates on racial justice, identity politics, discrimination and the different degrees of intense oppression in varying configurations that women experience in the multi-layered facets in life. Moreover, in the article Kimberele Crenshaw talked about identity politics, which can be explained as the structural and systematic oppression and injustice against certain social groups, what identity politics does is the shifting of the political and moral attention from the wrongful acts some individuals commit, maybe, motivated by prejudiced attitudes. Identity politics takes into account the multiple groups affected by the intersecting structures of injustice because identity groups are not only homogeneous. In the article, Crenshaw illustrates that there are forms of intersectionality, one is the structural intersectionality and the other is the political intersectionality. To clarify, structural intersectionality happens when the social structures that organizes and creates different social groups, like, race and gender; interact to produce varying effects that could not be intended. As an example, domestic violence shelters that do not inscribe a lot of needs of poor women, colored women, immigrants or also transsexual women by refusing to acknowledge non-English speaking women. In political intersectionality, when political movements that are aimed to help in ensuring justice for different groups, as an illustration, feminism and antiracism, interacting to exclude or marginalize the interests of some subsets of the involved groups, or to reinforce different forms of injustice, On example, when the interests of different colored women were marginalized in favor of the interests of the black community when agencies refuse to release domestic violence data by race, in order to protect communities of color.

Flipping the script reflection

I found a lot of joy in listening to this podcast, it first talked about a teenager named Jamal whom just moved to Denmark, he got discriminated against because he is a muslim, it got he into a lot of trouble in school, and with the police, because of the saddening events that is happening to him, his mother died from a heart attack and this was basically the shifting point for him, he started having negative thoughts about being a terrorist just as they viewed him to be, this did not only happen to Jamal but other people also started to travel to Syria. Further, after a while with the help of a policeman in Denmark, a facility was made just for those Syrian volunteers to help them in overcoming their issues. This is a more effective way, to react with a non complementary behaviour, it will be more successful in changing the unwanted behaviour of an intended person, to be more loving, caring and to avoid reacting complementary with a hostile or bad behaviour. I believe that this way of behaving with other people is the most important thing in this podcast. Moreover, the presenters of the podcast spoke about another thing which is online dating, and how it could help people with social anxiety or any other problem that is preventing them from communicating with people they like. However, i believe that it is really hard to judge on someone just by seeing their profile, some people are psychopaths and sociopaths and they could probably fake anything and it would be hard to spot just from seeing their profile, and other times it could go perfectly fine, so one must be careful.

Reflection games

We were assigned to play 5 educational games and reflect on them. Firstly, I played the Spent game, which I believe is the most interesting of all the games I played, it is very complex and engaging, It had good visuals and was very user friendly. I learned that it is really hard to run a house, nevertheless, really stressful, I thought that one could relate to his parents who go through the same difficulty, one thing I think should be improved is that the decisions should always lead to the player losing all his money, after all, it is a game that empathizes poverty. The second game was the BBC Syrian Refugees, it was not really a game type, it was more of an article that has been changed to form a game, it had a lot of texts, which is not a feature that would attract the attention of the player. Yet, I felt really bad for the Syrian refugees and what they have to go through in order to continue living. The third game was the depression quest, which is raise awareness about depression, I thought that I could really relate to what’s in the game, however, the controls in this game were not good, and again it had a lot of texts and no visuals or audio that would attract the attention of the player, it is good that more people are beginning to notice the danger of depression and how it should be tackled to help our society. The fourth game was about domestic abuse, although this game had texts in it, but it was short and to the point, which I found better than the previous game, it was about domestic violence to tackle this serious problem that can secretly be in any one’s house, the game raises awareness on such a problem; yet, the game would be much more interesting if it contained more visuals. The last game was gender equality, which was the simplest game of the games I played, it showed how some girls suffer from inequality in different areas, which is a serious thing in Egypt, the game had no visuals, video or audio which was not very engaging, it was done on a power point and most of the decisions were made to lead to one consequence, the topic of the game was good but the actual game was not that good.

Nagle Rizk Talk

The second featured speaker was Nagla Rizk who came to celebrate the 15th anniversary of CLT and to present a talk, she spoke about the area of research she works in and how it relates to teaching, she wants to promote the openness, sharing of knowledge, freedom of expression and learning beyond the textbooks. she also claims that technology is not just the end but it is merely a means to an end. She wants to stress that the role of knowledge and technology is a cornerstone of human development and from the wider lens it promotes freedom, dignity and self esteem.

CLT Reflection

Today I watched the interview with George Siemens who is really an inspiration to digital educators, the talk was really insightful, he talked about a lot of things all related to how important networks is and how have it impacted education, it is true that networks have really benefited us but the ones that we really should thank are the people behind such technologies as it will be useless with out the human mind. Another thing he mentioned is will we ever need to reset our information to point zero, I believe that this would not be possible any time near as we still have a long way to go for us to increase our digital literacy but maybe one day people will have to face a reset and they will go back to having no technology at all. Moreover, a very interesting part was the algorithms and models that some people have created to visualise and connect the network all together. In addition, he talked about a couple of topics that I believe is also important like the case of free education, which I believe is something we should not pay money for, education should be free and readily available for any one regardless of his social class, it is true that upper class people will not need such an initiative, we have to think of ways to apply equity into our lives. finally, he also talks about the role of corporates in futures systems learning, which I think should have a big role, these corporates have a social responsibility towards the society and the world we are living in, they already have made tons of money, so why wouldn’t they provide free learning for everyone in the society to further promote the welfare of the society and economy.

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I had the opportunity to further explore different articles on edX, the first thing I read was in the digital magazine, it was a post about ” the problem with facts “, this article is really interesting, because it made me think about the people who make policies with people to get things for their benefit, like the cigarette firm’s owners’, who made it a legal thing to sell something that harms and kills people, this is not unfortunately on the international level only but this is like a thing we see everyday in our lives even here in Egypt. this is way we should spread awareness about such things, before we lose control over it.

The second article was about ” Real or Fake: Information literacy” and how can we spot if a suspicious source is accurate or not, here the author mentions 4 moves and a habit to see for yourself if this article can be trusted or not, this article needs to be seen by a number of people nowadays, who can be considered the beginners in technology, get mislead by any fake source so the author of this article states that following the 4 moves and the habit will lead to better analysis of the source of information.

 

The last activity was to retweet one of Dr. Maha Bali’s tweet which quotes another article that states that gut feeling is important in spotting fake information, I believe that initial impressions do play a role with our decisions, but regarding information, I do not think that that would be true because sometimes you may be given perfectly fake information and think that it is true, so research is always important.