New Media is impacting education in many different ways. It is allowing for teachers and students to work in a more efficient environment, as well as allowing access to educational information by way of the internet. The internet is playing a big role in how we are educated today in society. It gives students and teachers access to a vast array of information that can be applied to learning.
Martin Ryder stated in his article that the internet is changing the way we learn and teach and the way we interact in society. This caught my eye when I was reading the article and it is extremely hard to disagree with him. The way we interact from an educational side of things has drastically changed. We discussed in class during Dr. Vansyke-Brigg's lecture that some professors use technology to teach, but that others do not want to adapt to technology and use it as a tool for teaching. We discussed that younger professors are able to adapt to technology and use it efficiently to teach. Also, older professors tend to stay with the technology that they are comfortable with, which may be a negative thing because students can have trouble adjusting to different ways of teaching because some professors do not want to adapt to new media. I'm not saying that all teachers should teach the same way, I just mean that students are accustomed to learning with up to date technology and in today's society students need to be familiar with new media because it is used so much in our lives.
Participation in education has also been impacted by new media. In Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel's article, they mentioned that weblogs are an integral part of education. What I got out of the article was that a child who is born in today's society is more likely to grasp new media, which can translate into a better education. If they are born into the revolution of new media, they will be accustomed to the changes that occur.
In the stuff of new literacy's article it mentions technological trends and developments. This got me thinking about how educators must adapt to the different trends and developments of new media. I think that educators need to at least understand the concepts of new media and be able to use it within their understandings.
Overall, I believe new media has impacted education in both positive and negative ways. In a positive sense, it has allowed for interactions between teacher and student to be greater, which translates into a more comfortable learning environment for both. Also, with developments in new media the world of education has change in that we have been able to expand the way we learn. We are able to distinguish from what we should be learning and what we shouldn't be. On the negative side of things, new media has made educators reliant on certain technologies and if they are not able to use it properly, then they will not be able to teach. A good example would be if a projector isn't working and it is the only way a teacher is able to teach a class, then there is no choice but to cancel it.