Whether people want it to or not, the world wide web is changing the way we obtain knowledge, interact with others, and is revolutionizing education. Before, the internet provided information that we could view or purchase things, but now, we have to ability to interact with each other through blogs, social media, review comment sections, and many other options. We are no longer limited to the "passive viewing of content" (wikipedia) as we once were with web 1.0. Education is changing dramatically with each year that passes. For example, this class, KIN 710 Tech. in Kines., is completely online and I interact with all my classmates through blogs and forums. There are now colleges that are specifically online schools to provide convenience and accessibility for students who's schedules do not allow them to go to class in the traditional setting. Like I said, whether people like it or not, the internet has revolutionized human interaction and education and I don't think these things are going to go away.
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So far Kin. 710 has been an extremely valuable tool for my career. Since the beginning of this course I now have a blog page, a Facebook fan page, a YouTube channel, a podcast, and have learned how to make my own website for my personal training business. These things will all be extremely critical to my success in the fitness industry in future endeavors. Sites like YouTube and Facebook are perfect ways to advertise and to show my knowledge and expertise in the fitness industry. I will continue to take advantage of technology to further my success in this industry.
Do you ever go to class and then leave realizing you didn't learn a thing, or maybe you already forgot all the material that was just presented to you? Well luckily for you, there are a lot of educators and learning institutions that are doing their best effort to keep up with technology. In today's world you hardly see someone at the gym or someone out jogging that is not plugged into their iPod or mp3 player listening to music, or perhaps a podcast of some type. This technological phenomenon has now creeped into the classroom. Students are bringing their computers to class and recording the lectures given by the instructors. Some instructors are now creating podcasts of their lectures and posting them to the school's website or directly to the students. Students now have access to important information at the click of a button and at their own convenience.
In today's world, technology increasingly plays a role in learning and education. Teachers and students alike are are using social networks (among other technologies) to communicate, build relationships, and engage students in a different way compared to the formal classroom setting. According to a study on the use of social networking as a tool for education, "social networking services have been shown to foster social learning while engaging students in a complex array of communicative and creative endeavors including new literacy practices." I have found this to be extremely true and perhaps more beneficial. I have been in many college courses that use computer technology as the classroom setting. These technologies allow for the use of forums, debates, homework assignments, communication between teacher and student, among many other uses. Although I have yet to communicate to an educator through social networks, I have found social networks like Facebook to be a useful tool when communicating with classmates. Online classes have become extremely popular in education. Colleges/universities are using online classes regularly to facilitate education, this method of learning is more convenient and is less time consuming. Through some of the online classes I have been enrolled in, I have found the learning to be more efficient and beneficial compared to the formal classroom setting. I believe students communicate with each other and their professor more frequently and efficiently, it just seems like more people get involved online because of forums and debates.
Generation "Always On"
This is the idea that the generation of people born around 1990 and on are apart of the group "generation always on". So basically, we are constantly connected to our peers and always have access to news and information. This idea has many positives and also has many negatives. With this being said, I feel that human kind should take advantage of the internet and our ability to have information at the click of a button, but we need to remember that social skills, human interaction, and being apart of the physical world is the most important and beneficial aspect of education and learning. The internet is a very useful tool, but we need to be cautious of "always being on" and make sure we preserve what is human.
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In my experience, the internet has been a very useful tool throughout my education, learning new skills and completing certain tasks. First of all, at almost every level of education using computers and having the ability to navigate through the internet is crucial. Teachers and educators in high school and college use the internet often for teaching purposes; requiring that homework and particular reading assignments be completed through the use of the internet. I have also used the internet as a useful tool to learn how to complete certain skills and tasks. For instance, I basically taught myself the mechanics of the golf swing and how to play the game through YouTube. After watching countless videos of professional golfers, like Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy, I have learned the golf swing and have become quite and efficient golfer. As a personal trainer, I refer to the internet quite often reading blogs and watching vlogs for fitness and health purposes. Once again, I use YouTube all the time learning from experts in the fitness industry on proper form with various exercises and certain types of fitness like olympic lifting and powerlifting. For instance, I often refer to Jonny Candito's channel CanitoTrainingHQ when I want to learn the specifics of powerlifting technique and programming. The internet is also a useful tool when searching for the latest news topics as I hardly ever read the actual newspaper.
On the other hand, the internet can be quite distracting when attempting to work on homework or focus on something specific, I attribute this to social media and the easy access to movies and television shows. That is why it is extremely important to have a high level of self control when using the internet. I often fall short this, HA!
With that being said, although the internet can sometimes be a distraction, I think the positives far outweigh the negatives. The internet is a great for learning and education and will only continue to be used more as technology steadily advances.