Wednesday, September 8, 2010

5 Lenses

I am really impressed by the introduction "Many Lenses" in Mark Pegrum's From Blogs to Bombs. The more and more I learn about using the Internet as a classroom, the more and more I return to the idea of teaching critical thinking. The amount of information on the interweb that is misleading or a hair shy of true can confuse students and cause a great deal of complication.

I can see developing a lesson around the 5 lenses: technological, pedagogical, social, sociopolitical, and ecological. Then students would have to rank them as to which was the most important. So, say they are looking at a community networking site... the ecological lens may not be so important, while the social lens would be. Would we teacher students to look at these sites differently?

Side Note: I was able to watch Mark's video just fine. So, if it was broke, thanks for fixing it. And I am assuming he actually spoke to an earlier PP107 class. We he be joining us for an online chat? I'd love to talk with him.


  1. Hi Sarah,

    I agree that it was a thought provoking introduction. What kind of students do you typically teach? The concepts involved are fairly abstract. I'm not sure how I would translate the 5 lenses concepts into classroom material for my students.


  2. well, I developed a course around his five lenses. I'll send him a link to your blog post and see if he'll talk to us. Vance

  3. Vance, that's great! I'd love to see your syllabus to the course you developed...

  4. Hi Sarah, I just revisited here after some time. I see it was YOU who suggested we rope Mark in here, which is coming to pass this Sept 29. In answer to your question, which I only just now noticed (sorry!) the course I meant is the http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com one. The topics for each week are related to Pegrum's lenses :-)