Digital Media In Education

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Digital media and technology is one of the fastest growing concepts in the world. It has made a considerable transformation in how we communicate and grasp information. It covers the entire array from traditional mass-media engaged in basic information dissemination to social media whose defining characteristic is the potential to facilitate engagement-the interactive, simultaneous communication and collaboration among numerous participants via technology.
I adopted the digital world late in life but have managed to achieve a level of competency that allows me to embrace new technologies with a measure of ease and confidence. On the personal front digital technology has helped bridge the communication gap between family and friends that comes
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While technology has indisputably augmented teaching and learning it has created new problems around issues of accessibility, safety, and accountability. One primary concern is that technology automates just about everything. Instead of learning and understanding basic math, students can simply use the calculator on their phones. Technology tools can also become a distraction in the classroom and could lead to disengagement with the learning process. When programs requiring technology tools are considered student access to the internet and expensive software can be a limitation and must be considered.
There’s no right or wrong side of this debate. One side will suggest that technology is taking the humanity out of education while the other will conclude that technology is opening many new gateways and expanding the possibilities of education. This is where a flipped –classroom strikes a happy-balance.
In summary, the use of digital media really can enhance teaching, but also poses the risk of only passively engaging the learner. While there is no guarantee or agreement, the issues involved are key to making decisions about the role of media in education.
Community Engagement project in
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Clearly residents understood the outreach and vast benefit that technology and social media could provide in terms of sustained engagement for long-term projects. The challenge would be to provide adequate staff to maintain and monitor content in the long term. Another hurdle would be to overcome participation inequality as seen in other collaborative online environments. Arendt, (2009) reported that a high amount of users produced only one Tweet during three conferences, which lends support to the notion of a 90:9:1 rule (Waters and Williams 2011) for new social media, where 90% of users are lurkers, 9% of users contribute from time to time and 1% participate a lot and account for the majority of

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