My thoughts on media sharing: The Role of Emerging Technologies
I think media sharing is really exciting. Emerging interactive media enable new types of educational representations and contexts for creating, sharing, and mastering knowledge. This is driving major shifts in the teaching and research, yet finding the right sites can be very important for K-12 educators. For example, if you go to YouTube and click on education link, the very first video hit is called “Hot XXX Lesbian Action”. You can guarantee that when I become a full time educator, I will not allow my students to go to YouTube, however we have a lot of great content out there that’s helps us to teach as well as supplement our lessons. For example, on teachertube, I immediately found a great clip on internet safety that I shared with friends in education as well as posting it to my wiki site. This is a wonderful tool that allows us to teach our students multimedia while providing various sources of information. I have also considered its impact on visual learners as well. Those students, who do not understand a concept via lecture or class work, may find concepts more meaningful if watching them in context. I especially love the videos produced by students. Many of them are showing us the steps of how they came to produce something or summarize what they have learned. It’s like peer tutoring on a whole new level. Just check out some of the wonderful video’s that have been produced on http://www.youtube.com/user/saschool.