A few of the things I have learned and some take-aways sin our class so far:
- the vastness of the internet and the amazing amount of content that is generated on a daily basis.
- the fact that the internet allows us all to be contributors and collaborators of content. We create meaning in spaces that have never existed in this way before. The web allows for unprecedented ways to connect with people and create meaning
- we are so immersed in the rapidly changing face of technology that we are often oblivious to how quickly it is changing our daily lives--this lack of awareness is problematic insofar as we are not necessarily being reflective consumers of technology, but instead are being led by it
- who we are online is a huge question. The power of the internet to mask, transform or alter our real selves can be positive and interesting or not, depending on how we use this new found power. The internet allows us to, in ways only imagined in a few decades ago, communicate across space and time and who we are is a matter of choice. There is a tremendous capacity for good, but there is also a lot of damage that has been and can be done in the is medium.
These things serve as a basis to begin understanding learning media and the impact it has it and continues to have. Social media often drives learning media in new and innovative directions, understanding trends in social media helps us to better predict how educational media may follow suit.