Welcome to the blog, a.k.a. a small introduction

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I am a media student at the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. This blog has been created for the module Digital media platforms and practices. It will focus on the impact modern digital media has on education – how traditional ways are changing and what new opportunities exist for people to expand their knowledge.

We have moved from “know what” learning to “know where” learning.

Lisa Nielsen, The Innovative Educator: Ten 21st Century Education Quotes I Carry With Me

We already knew that kids learned computer technology more easily than adults. It is as if children were waiting all these centuries for someone to invent their native language.

– Jaron Lanier

I chose the topic because it is of great interest to me. Technology is developing at a rapid pace, playing a bigger and bigger part in our lives by the day and extending the gap between generations even more. Values are changing – it may have been important to remember large amounts of facts 50 years ago, however, this is not useful anymore. We have access to an unlimited amount of information on the Internet through the use of various sorts of media – schools must teach us how to filter the data of benefit to us from the pool of content, how to find precisely the things we need.

I will focus on specific sub-topics throughout the next 11 weeks, i.e., introducing new education platforms (Khan Academy, Coursera), a more in-depth look at the impact of digital media on traditional education models and why people are using it. Since both my parents are teachers and work within education, I will feature a small interview with them in a future entry, showing the point of view of people with experience within the system – how they feel digital media has influenced the way we study and if they approve of it.

Well, this is it from me for the introduction. I am very excited for this blog, as I have never had one before. It seems interesting and refreshingly different from the traditional coursework format of fifteen to twenty-five hundred word essays or reports we’ve had until now. We’ll see if I’m still this enthusiastic in a few weeks time! 😛

Thank you for reading this entry, feel free to leave a comment below – I’ll be happy to know what you think, and until next time!

Mariya

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