My Journals

Journal Entry (1) “How Media Can Make History” – a Ted talk by Clay Shirky

Objective:
After watching Ted’s video posted by Clay Shirky. It has made me realize and inspired me that social media plays a huge role in our lives. With uses of social media if we use the right tools and guides, definitely we can change history. Having education from India, according my knowledge education has completely changed from my childhood till now. Being a hairstylist and make-up artist, social media plays huge role in the beauty industry. As a salon owner social media helps me to grow my business and also in the future I would be using this to help my students with their learning needs.

Reflective:
There are four main social media types. First one being the printing press, as this helps to get the word out through the papers. The next social media that came about was the conversation media like the coming of the telephone and telegraph, with this type of media performs a one to one type of pattern. The next media is the recorded media for example photography and video, through this type of media it became faster to send out information through video and pictures. Last but not least is the very popular radio and television which the spreads the word out through the news and broadcasting speakers. This type of media performs a one to many patterns.

Interpretive:
Media used for social interaction, media also known as the source of storing and transferring information and data, using highly accessible and scalable publishing techniques. Social media uses web-based technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogues. The ever so popular social media is the Internet. Through the Internet information is send out very fast and it’s the best mode or carriage for other medias as well. Media is an increasing mode of information; the public can produce messages through this media as well. The media is constantly changing patterns as it becomes more popular and the younger and older generation becomes more and more aware of it. Facebook has become an international obsession.

Decisional:
Facebook, twitter or blog can be the best practice for Adult Educators in using social media. This way I can encourage my students to participate and gain more knowledge about their learning education. Caffarella (2002) “says that most former participants will spread the word if a program is well-presented and useful to them. And if they perceive an education or training program as poor or ineffective, they will probably be even more vocal about it.” As an adult educators and program planners we must work to make sure the adult learners are comfortable and happy. A relaxed learner is an open-minded learner.

References:
Online – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_media
Online – http://www.facebookdetox.com/2012_03_01_archive.html
Caffarella, R. S. (2002). Planning programs for adult learners. San Francisco: A Wiley Company.

Journal Entry (2) “The Game Layer on Top of the World” – TED TALK 2

Objective:
I found the video very informative and knowledgeable in regards to how the game layer works. It is basically a tool in which is used to get the community involved as much as possible, and a larger number of people to participate in how the whole social media comes together. Seth Priebatsch explains it very clearly in his video presentation which now makes a lot of sense in how the whole “game layer” system works and how we can build a system in which we can all be a part of.

Reflective:
Basically Seth explains in his video that there are four main game layers. Motivation is used and so is influenced behavior. We have to influence our behaviors to build a proper building in the social layer to build a game layer. One example of social layer would be Facebook, its amazing how it works in the game layer through bringing people together and adding more and more people to it making it the worlds fasting game layer ever. Social layer is a form of connection, a form of mind share and also allows connections. There are four dynamics in the game layer. The first one mentioned in the video is “Appointments Dynamics – How this game layer works is by doing something in a pre-defined place. It usually occurs in games, example board games, computer games, conventional games, and many more games. People come together to compete with each other, thus allowing for more and more people to join in, as everyone wants to win. The next game layer would be “Influence in Status” – In this game credit card would be considered the status builder as everyone wants to have a status in the community and thus they want the more “flashy” card. Credit cards are also used to play games on the computer. The third game layer discussed was the “Progression Dynamics” – In this form of game layer “rewards” are usually used to lure people so that they get further in the game. The last game layer would be the “Communal Discovery” – In this game layer everyone comes together to achieve something better. I have found this game layer a very useful resource; I would be using it to teach my students and showing them how it all comes together.

Interpretive:
In my profession as a hair stylist game layer has inspired me to use the tools to teach my students. After the lesson plan of my teaching course I would provide a game layer, allowing the students to compete to move forward and use this game layer as a learning task.

Decisional:
Seth Priebatsch has given a very useful talk; it makes sense as to how the game layer works. “We build with mind share” that was his last inspiring words. On this note I would like to recommend this video to my students and encourage them to use the game layer tools to motivate and build an influenced behaviour around their education technique.

References:
Seth Priebatsch – The Game Layer on Top of The World” Ted Talks Video.

Journal Entry (3) Twitter in Education

Objective:
Twitter in education, how and why should we twitter in education? It is one of the most popular ways for teachers, students and the general public to communicate; it’s becoming a must-have tool in almost every teacher’s toolbar. The social media platform makes it easy to get instant ideas, links and resources. Twitter is a great way to share our experiences and knowledge instantly with others in a very fast pace around the world. It helps to share student’s own ideas and comments with their teachers and friends.

Reflective:
Educators are increasing by bringing the real time communication power of twitter into the classrooms to help students learn. It has become the best way to collaborate, share solutions to common classroom problems, and discuss education policy. 35% of students using twitter in facilities use it to share information with other students and teachers, and also use twitter to gain articles from different sites. Twitter has over three hundred millions users a day, it’s a very popular way of studying. It’s a great way to educate your students in their learning procedures, posting helpful resources for their courses.

Interpretive:
“The power of twitter in the classroom lies in harnessing the instantaneous and ephemeral nature of the tool” (Kuropatwa, 2007). As more concisely outlines by Nick Campbell (2009) Twitter used for communicating class contents, sending out small timely pieces of information, encouraging collaborating feedback and encouraging concise writing. I would like to share my experience as a business owner, since I have started Facebook page and twitter for my two businesses, we have increased our business by 30%. This is great way to interact and share ideas with our fans and followers.

Decisional:
Twitter has its pro’s and con’s just like any other new product out there. Is twitter really helping out students educating better? Some Instructors find that students are lacking in grammar and relate to poor spelling. Limits face- to-face communication and limits the ability to converse. Twitter not only provides a good alternative medium through which to improve students with their communication skills, but also their analytical, collaborative and social networking skills. In my teaching carrier I would love to share my ideas and new trends of hair and makeup with my students so we can all interacts with each other. Twitter (or all online resources) is a great resource, without any cost network that can help build our social media group.

References:
Why Twitter is a Teacher’s Best Tool by Liz Dwyer. May 21st, 2011.
Forum using Twitter in EFL Education Catherine – Mette (Trine) Mark, Tama University.

Journal Entry (4) Reflection on Social Media as a Learning Tool

Objective:
Social media, with all its shortcomings, is still a very powerful medium that can really empower people with Just-In-Time learning on anything under the sun. There are so many tools like Facebook, Wiki, YouTube, Bulletin board, LinkedIn, blogging, and Twittering. The advancement of modern technologies tries its best to accommodate the needs from people, especially the younger generation. As an educator I would be encouraging my students to use these different social media tools in their learning procedure. I have found through my learning experience that no matter how we teach or learn the main objective is education. We can educate in the form of using social media, the Internet plays a huge role in education. Understanding the universe of options can help match ones need to the best approach used for educating.

Reflective:
“Social media is not a passing fad—it is a new, versatile way of both information gathering and production. It is broadly defined as “networked tools that emphasize the social aspect of the Internet for communication, collaboration and creative expression” (Dabbagh & Kitsantas, 2012)”. I find this quote very useful in terms of using the Internet for Social Media Education. I am very intrigued in how we use Internet in the classrooms to educate students. The Internet is described by Baird and Fisher (2005) as more than just a browsing medium but a collaborative space where users are able not only to take ideas but to share them as well. They also note that at the university level, instructors are dealing with adult learners who are more self-directed and have more experience than their elementary and secondary student counterparts. Adults have internal motivation to learn that makes them well suited to self-direct some of their learning under the encouragement of the instructor. This becomes important in social media, which requires self-directed goal setting and attainment.

Interpretive:
The Internet provides an opportunity to transcend space. In the past, interacting and engaging classrooms required all of those associated with the class to be physically present; however, now students and teachers can also interact on the web. Fortunately, neomillenial students are already equipped to use multiple forms of social media. Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube are the top three tools of social media. The top four reasons for using social media tools are social engagement, direction communication, speed of feedback, and relationship building. Social media is valuable resource for teaching and learning.

Decisional:
An environment of self-directed and informal learning involving both the production and use of material from the Internet can help in educating. Using social media also allows students to collaborate, share results, contribute to the collective knowledge of their class, and derive their own meaning from material. Some University’s may use Twitter to stimulate student engagement in the classroom, Wiki software as collaborative projects, and blogs as assessments of understanding. Student’s benefit from using social media in the classrooms by taking charge of their learning. However, the drawback (or requirement) is that students must be able to engage independently and self motivate. Social media by its very nature is constantly changing and manifesting in new forms, and it is necessary for the instructor to be familiar with the ways in which social media Internet sites can be used.

References:
Baird, D., & Fisher, M. (2005) Neomillenial user experience design strategies:
Utilizing social networking media to support “Always On” learning styles. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 34, 5-32.
Baird and Fisher (2005) focus on the student as the user of social media.
Dabbagh, N. & Kitsantas, A. (2012) Personal Learning Environments, social media, and self-regulated learning: A natural formula for connecting formal and informal learning. Internet and Higher Education, 15, 3-8.

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