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Empowerment Technologies: Making A Difference in Online Platforms
A few days ago, I was asked a series of questions about our experiences in this subject. This article are my answers for those questions. From the activities, performance tasks, and seminars that we’ve conducted, I would say that this semester was filled with so much positivity. Maybe because even though there are some negative aspects like the lack of participation from my groupmates or our habit of procrastination causing us to cram overnight just to pass the project tomorrow morning, we learned so much from all these things.
The positive experiences that I’ve been through the entire semester was facing my fear of interacting with children because it was required for our seminar. I loved how we created blogs for different global issues too! It was a big privilege, to share my own opinion about the issues that surrounds me nowadays. However, I didn’t like how some blogsites are difficult to use. It was challenging to use Prezi as well, we even panicked when we did our presentation and we found out that it actually needed a stable internet connection. Everyone ended up bringing pocket wifis and beyond that frustrating feeling of having to explore the entire sites just to make the project, we actually learned so many things: Patience, for example. In creating these projects, I discovered a lot of things like there was this one blogsite wherein you needed to pay 10$ just to post one comment. I realized how valuable one comment could’ve been in that site, considering the price you have to pay just to critic or comment on a blog post. I encountered problems again, with my short level of patience, maybe because I hated scrolling for hours just to explore these websites that we’re so new to me. When it comes to my groupmates, I can only express it in two words: Language barrier. This is a common thing, especially since we are in an international school. We managed to do our assigned tasks, and I’m so glad that we finished every project despite the numerous struggles we had to face.
It was also difficult to make articles. When I was required to do a blog about global issues, I realized one thing. I needed to include factual information to make my article worth reading and informative. I think that the most powerful learning moments in this semester was the seminar. The opportunity of educating young children about proper waste segregation was just like taking another step closer to having a cleaner world. The most important thing that I’ve learned personally is first, to be time-conscious. Considering the deadlines for our projects in the middle of a hectic schedule was such a big challenge for me especially since I love procrastinating. I realized a lot of things after experiencing all these activities. One idea is that I should really think outside the box. There are greater ideas out there, waiting for an opportunity to surface and be implemented thus hopefully, becoming a major contribution in any form of improvement in our world today. Above all, never trust anyone nor judge their capabilities. I had groupmates who seemed to lack understanding and knowledge about our activities, so most of the time I get the response of “I don’t know how to do this. I’m sorry.” I strongly disagree with that. That is the point of doing all these immersion in different online platforms. How will we learn if we lack the willingness and the interest to discover new things? Some did it the other way. They had so many ideas to contribute, but their lack of self-esteem became a hindrance in our communication, hence ending up with a slightly disappointing and mediocre kind of output. I prefer to do the group works ahead of time, instead of waiting for a contribution, expect for an output and can’t make the project before the deadline just because I waited for nothing. If I would apply this to most of the real world problems that I’ll face in the future, then I would feel so disappointed and sad. Disappointed because I personally wanted the best for my classmates. After all, we came to school in order to learn from the best teachers and we’ll apply our learning in our jobs in the future. Sad, because if ever I would do things all by myself, then they won’t learn. They can’t experience the privilege that I was given. I can’t tell them how important are the little things that they have access to, or maybe I could, but they won’t understand because they haven’t experienced doing some of our projects in the first place. Despite of all this, my group and I communicated quite well. With the help of Facebook Messenger, we kept in touch every day and updated our progress in our projects. We experienced language barrier, so we decided to speak in English. Having projects which requires a collaboration with like 5 or 6 people meant a lot of expectations too. I could say that I was never satisfied with all of our outputs. Not that I’m a perfectionist, but I’ve read my groupmates’ essays and heard their ideas, one of the perks of spending almost a year with them. They have the best ideas, the best essays, they are even good at searching and understanding articles, but it all gets tied down to issues like the fear of being criticized, rejected ideas, lack of self-esteem and language barrier. Sometimes just because of a misunderstanding, we begin to experience a wave of conflicts and ironically, that’s exactly the best part in every project. Conflicts pushes us to higher limits, thus unlocking these brilliant skills which we never thought we had.