Democratic Education on Radio 4 Today!


phoenixLate news but there is to be a discussion about  the notion of democratic education, somewhat narrowly within schools, tonight at 8.45 p.m. on Radio 4.

Democratising Education

Rachel Roberts argues that education needs a democratic revolution.

Rachel describes her own experiences in democratic schools – as a student, teacher, and now educational consultant. And she argues that even if every school won’t make the transition to the full kind of radical democracy she enjoyed, every school – and every student – can benefit from the democratic ethos.

A Podcast will be up shortly after the broadcast which will include some Q&A.

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My video assessment : Mario is coming to your smartphones


Here is my video about Nintendo wanting to expand some of their games for smartphones and tablets. This news was recent, I only read about it three weeks ago from The Guardian. So getting the idea for this assessment was not the hard part.

For information and inspiration I watched the controversial Nintendo documentary that BBC aired in 2004. It was part of three documentaries on some of the world’s best-known brands : Disney, Bacardi, and Nintendo. Outrageous Fortunes series investigated the personalities behind the three companies and the massive wealth they’ve accumulated. The Nintendo one focused on how Miyamoto created Nintendo’s most successful games, including The Legend of Zelda and the Mario Bros. The whole controversy around this film was about video games causing seizures in children being produced anyway. I thought this documentary was very professional and well-thought. Obviously, it was from BBC so poor quality would be surprising…

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The most popular of your privacy

If we talk about online visibility, there are many aspect to tackle. One of them, as the researcher Danan Boyd said ” there is a big difference between being in public and being public”. People can join as many platforms as they want, but your popularity will depend on many factors.What the content is, who your audience is, where and when you publicise the information will define who you are and how you are seen in the world of social media.public-service-guy

In my case, I joined Twitter because I could access and share information in real time; I have a profile in LinkedIn to exchange information and ideas to people with similar professional background as mine; my Facebook account allows me to share information with family and friends, and my blog provides me the space where I can express deep thoughts and experiences.The advantages of positive collaborative surveillance could reinforce your activity and your relationships with contacts. However a lateral surveillance could affect your image and popularity negatively.

It is therefore important to be concern about what the limit of your privacy is and what use ‘ third parties” are making of your data, whether you agree to this or not. For instance, Papacharisi stated that ” Privacy is a luxury commodity” we sell or exchange our information in order to get something in return. As a personal anecdote, I was recorded years ago on a private Tv channel and 20 years later, this video is still being broadcast time to time making somebody profits, so do you think should I ask for the copyright?

The social media management community

It is not strange to see how online communities have grown in the era of mass media. Increased recreation and necessity for sharing all kind of information has greatly accelerate the expansion of these resources. Malcolm R, Parks defined the virtual community in the book A Networked self as ” Social groups that display phycological and cultural qualities of strong community without physical proximity” (Kavada. A, 2015). Even though, we can not touch each other, rapid technological development allow us to have visual and listening contact, nowadays.

This is the case for the online community from images

The Social Media platform which has about 8 mill of users, allow you to enhance your social media and grow your business connecting with more than 35 popular social networks at the same time. It comprehends all the characteristics that Nancy Baym considers important for an online community. Shared space exchanging media and marketing data, share practices with regulated interaction, shared identity across of several professional areas, share resource & support with a wide rage of webinars or white papers and interpersonal relationship helping customers turn conversations into meaningful relationships.

The limitation are in term of cost for small business and individuals. The platform has free option, and there are two more plans which are paid but access to particular reports, url shorteners and some team member staff could be expensive.

The Counterculture effect within the history of internet.

free speechThe development of networking has brought many changes about in the 70 years of cyberspace, since 1942 when COLOSSUS was first computer to be invented. It occupied a whole room and its main purpose was to break German military codes.  Nevertheless, one of its most distinctive consequences was the counterculture movement that originated in 1970s.

  The hippy “sub-culture” was born in San Francisco and aimed to transform the individualistic self-realization of society into a radical sub-culture where the power went directly to the people. These “activists” were looking forward to connecting their ideas through scientific ideas, using the Internet as a tool to change the world and make it more accessible to humanity. They applied the internet to educational systems, and created spaces where people could interact and communicate freely about daily political, economical and cultural issues. It was in 1985 when “ Well” broke into everyone lives; a revolutionary teleconferencing system invented by Stewart Brand and Larry Brilliant, which allowed subscribers to dial up a small device and type messages to one another in real-time conversations.

The greatest effect of this movement was on the freedom of communication and information. If I see it  as a first step to”cyber freedom of speech”, a much-used  term nowadays due to the controversies generated by Charlie Hedbo in France, and taking the example of copyright issues, are we maintaining the core point of this revolutionary period or just treating it as a simple adjustment to democracy?

A recommendable documentary about the revolution in Internet could be seen at the following link.