SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION 2011
Sunday, September 9, 2012
21th CENTURY EDUCATION
SOCIAL MEDIA REVOLUTION 2011
This video belongs to a serie of videos known by the name of “Social Media Revolution”. It is based on Erik Qualman’s book “Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business”. Its author is also the founder of www.socialnomics.net, a web site created with the purpose of providing “short social stories, statistics, studies and surprises”. The video basically shows some social media statistics for 2011. As the title of Erik Qualman’s Book says, this short video is a good proof of how technology is changing our lives in many aspects.
After watching the video, I would like to say that I am surprised with some of the information that it contains. I already knew that we were experimenting a great change in our lifestyles due technology and Social Media. However, I did not know that the influence of Social Media was so big in current societies in terms of relationships, business, commerce, education and many other issues. What I consider also surprising is the speed of this change, because probably seven or eight years ago, no video could present these statistics. Social Media Revolution video reflects some characteristics of current society, and it can be also useful to have an idea of what kind of society we are going to be in a near future.
As a conclusion, I would like to say that I support Social Media, and I am actually a user of some social networks, and other type of Internet tools. I consider that, in some aspects, technology can make our lives easier and better. However, I also believe that we shouldn't abuse Social Media, and we should adapt to them step by step.
This second video by B. Nesbitt is based on a project to inspire teachers to introduce technology in their professional practice, in order to help students develop higher level thinking skills. We could say that the video is divided into two different parts. In the first part, we can see a very apt description of the “21th Century Learner”. The second part of the video is clearly a request adressed to teachers to begin using technology in the classroom.
This video reflects a critical issue related to the use of technologies in education, which is the distance between teachers and learners in terms of knowledge and background in new technologies. According to W. Richardson's text book, many teachers are not used to some Internet tools applicable to education, and that means a great difficulty to bring them to schools.
From my viewpoint, teachers should always be up to date, and should adapt to students. Therefore, It is necessary to provide teachers with proper tools, resources and training to achieve this goal. I also would like to mention that the introduction of technologies in the classroom shouldn’t mean the disappearance of other more "traditional" methods or tools in education, which are still valid.