The rapid change, and consistent pace of change in technology we see today, is creating both opportunities and challenges. These opportunities allow us to have a great range of access to a wealth of multimedia content, being able to take online courses, accessing the internet from a variety of devices, social networking tools for professional development, and learning. This also poses a great challenge in our schools. It can get very difficult for schools to keep up with the new technology that is constantly emerging day by day.
Different cultures, and people are experiencing their own difficulties with a change from what they are accustomed to doing, to a whole new way of accomplishing it. There will always be debate, or conflict whether we should embrace technology or stick to what we are accustomed to doing. Schools are struggling to keep up with a tech world that is constantly changing. There are new learning styles, and different ways of teaching them to students. Some teachers believe including technology in the ways studies learn isn’t practical.
Those are the type of teachers who are afraid to make the jump, their way of teaching is with a textbook, and practically preaching the subject to the students. Only 26% of students who read the material, find the information relevant to them. A way of changing this may be through online courses as more are being offered in colleges, and many high schools have some type of learning academy online. A recent study between Kansas State students showed that after two years of going to college 45% of students showed no significant improvement, and only 36% showed little change after 4 years of college.
That is indicative that something needs to change in the educational system. How we transition to including a technological aspect into education remains to be seen. As humans we are beings who like to interact with each other, and what better way to do that then through social networking. The benefits of using social networking are real. A student who may not participate in class, might be more engaged through a social networking site. You are able to connect with different people, who are able to share their knowledge, and each others what they might not know. Social networking could not only be used by students, but by professionals as well.
There are various sites, where professionals can share their work within their communities. The negatives of using social networking are slim. Privacy can be an issue, things posted such as videos, and pictures can be modified and spread throughout the web. Employers are now looking to implement new laws, which would allow them to go through their employees social sites, and in a case invade ones privacy.
There is a lot of controversy that goes along with it, but I believe that benefits are far greater, than the negatives. To the civilized world, technology is electronic devices, and the internet, among other things. But to people outside it who live apart in their own groups, it can mean different things. Cultures have different ways of embracing the way they see technology. When new types of technology come around they can present a great conflict within the culture.
A book, for example, can create a great deal of change within these societies; In places like this being literate is something that more and more people are starting to do. So, as books are starting to be introduced a new way of learning is introduced thus, changing the way they can educate themselves. Media in cultures can also present problems as to it’s regulated, what can be seen, what can’t be seen, privacy, and security issues. Technology will continue to be a debate among our societies as we continue to evolve day by day.
We either have to learn to embrace it, or we are going to struggle, as newer technologies are becoming a part of everyday life. The opportunities technology gives us are infinite, but with these opportunities we must fight the difficulties they pose. Whether they be in our educational system, the professional one, or even in our modern societies. As Michael Wesch once said, “When we use the media, the media uses us. ” That means the media will mediate societies, and when the media changes once again, so will the relationships as well.