Podcasts are a great tool for professors to use to increase learning amongst students. A podcast is an audio recording that is posted through either iTunes or Google play and can be played on Apple devices, computers or MP3 players. Some Colleges and Universities have adopted technology within their classrooms by posting podcast of the lectures. Podcasts allow students to listen to the audio recording multiple times. The idea is to allow students to learn at their own rates, study efficiently and retain information from lectures. When I was an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine I remember some teachers went out of their way to record their entire lectures and post copies of their lectures in the libraries. I never checked out a lecture because I thought it was too much of a hassle plus, I was attending class and had lecture notes. If my professors at UC Irvine had recorded a podcast I would have used the podcast as a study tool. Technology has come a long way in a short 5 years and the possibilities of using technology to increase learning efficiency are growing quickly.
Here is a glimpse of the hard work and effort FCC Women's Water Polo team puts out in their morning weights work out. Go Rams!
Two very different articles talk about how social media affects learning in education. Dan Anderson (2012) article “Elon studies the future of ‘Generation Always-On’” discusses the negative effects of learning from the World Wide Web and Nicole A. Buzzetto-More (2012) journal article “Social Networking in Undergraduate Education” discusses the positive benefits of incorporating social media in education. According to Anderson (2012) the World Wide Web has a negative effect on the younger generation. Explaining that this younger generation’s brains are wired differently to quickly respond, have little patience, unable to focus and thrive by multitasking (Anderson, 2012). In Nicole A. Buzzetto-More’s (2012) study found that students felt that Facebook can be used as a tool that enhances academic development. Students gained higher levels of support from peers in the social media interactions (Buzzertto-More, 2012).
In my personal experience, social media has proven to be a growing trend among the younger generation. Because it is a growing trend I think education needs to capitalize on the endless sources that technology has to offer and incorporate social media in education. On my women’s water polo team at Fresno City College I have witnessed the importance of social media interaction with gaining social support through their social media activity.
Recently, I created a Facebook fan page online for my women’s water polo team at Fresno City College. I have been afraid of social media that I have ignored the positive benefits that were attached. First of all, everyone in my program has a Facebook account and I never understood the benefits of engaging them in a social media atmosphere. The first week the page was up it received over 60 likes and the women in my program loved the idea of “showcasing” the program. The page shows what the team is doing, updates and shares pictures of the team. The page has given the team a feeling of social support and closer feeling of connection within the group. Social media needs to be seen and used as a tool to promote and share information. Now with this Facebook page my athletes are able to share the information FCC Women’s Water Polo team is doing quickly with friends and family. Because I think social media is a tool to enhance education, I agree with Buzzetto-Moore (2012) findings that social media can be used to positively enhance education.
My only concern is that social media can be a huge distraction to learning and the ability to be accountable to retaining important information. As a Facebook user I can understand how social media can quickly steal minutes to hours away from a day. I can understand the worry with incorporating social media and not being able to control a student’s focus to a single task. Also, since information comes from a push of a bottom people do not need to retain information anymore. They simply need to look up the answers online. Last week on the local television news station, I watched how a new phone application has the ability to read and answer advanced mathematical problems. Advanced technology like this scares me because it socially makes learning unpopular and meaningless. Andersons (2012) article is based off opinions and concerns about the upcoming generation rather than research based information. We as humans are afraid of the unknown, and are notorious for back lashing the next generations for their possible shortcomings.
Anderson, D. (2012). Elon studies the future of “generation always-on.” Retrieved from http://www.elon.edu/E-Net/Article/59585
Buzzetto-More, N.A. (2012). Social networking in undergraduate education. Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management, 7, 1-26. Retrieved from http://www.ijikm.org/Volume7/IJIKMv7p063-090Buzzetto611.pdf