After reading "Generation Always-On", by Dan Anderson I wanted to post my thoughts about this generation of students and how it might effect education. The brains of the "Generation Always-On" are wired to multitask, discern information quickly and are used to instant connectivity. Many worry what will happen to this generation if technology fails. At the moment, I think it is more important to focus on adapting to and engaging the various technologies available rather than run away from them out of fear. I am currently learning how to rewire and update myself so that I don't get left behind. Though technology will play a vital role in our learning journey and has many benefits, I think it's just as important to step away once in a while and be engaged in the real world around us so that we don't lose a good sense of ourselves.
After reading "Social Networking in Undergraduate Education" by Nicole A. Buzetto-More, it got me thinking about how education in today's world compares with my previous and current experiences.
In today's world students are far more comfortable engaging in social media to enhance their learning. Through social networking students have a platform to present their ideas, connect with like minded individuals, collaborate on projects and share information. All of this leads to the learner feeling engaged, motivated and better connected within their learning community.
When I was studying for my undergraduate degree my learning community was full of ideas, ambitious and eager to learn too. We connected and shared information as well but we didn't have the social networks that are available today. Now, in the role of student again, I am excited to be enrolled in an online master's course. It is providing me with an opportunity to not only continue my learning but enhance my experience through the engagement in social networking.
Currently, students are increasingly expecting to participate in social networking within their class learning. Going through the experience myself now as a student will help me better understand the variety of technology available and the role that social networking can creatively play in education.
For some photo fun I am exploring a variety of photo edit tools. Here I created a collage of me on two wheels around the world. Everywhere I go I seem to eventually find myself exploring this way. I prefer to use free sites to edit my photos. If anyone has found a particular photo editor site useful, especially to create collages, please let me know.
For my Personal Learning Network (PLN) I decided to register with scoop.it as a method to organize information found on the web that centers around my interest in Physical Literacy. Not only will relevant information from the web be fed to me daily based on my search terms but I can then decide to "scoop it" and share what I found with others as well as add my own comments to the subject. By doing so I can build connections with people that have similar interests and create a community centered around my passion for learning and teaching lifelong Physical Education.
The internet has become a significant resource for my learning. I like to exhaust it for information when inquiring about a topic. I mostly follow channels on You Tube. For example with wrestling I watch and listen to the wrestlers and coaches that have become legends within their sport. They help me acquire the background I need to know for a solid base and extend my learning by providing activities to practice. The internet helps my learning when I am ready to inquire further into a topic but it can be distracting when one search turns into another and I need to know when to step away. I feel that technology should be utilized to enhance learning. It is versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes making it very centered around our individual needs.