Almost everyone can access the internet at anytime, and anywhere. This is what we want right? When I have a question, I want the answer now, right? We are taught not to procrastinate, so the internet is there to help us get what we can immediately. So what wrong with that?
The folks at Elon University called the people born about the turn of the century “Generation Always On” These teens-20s have grown up with the internet. The down side is that they have become impatient. Their ability to focus deeply has diminished.
I find this to be true not just in the teens to 20s. I find it true for myself as well. I find time to meditate. By practice yoga or simple meditation helps to unplug from technology just for a moment. I find this balance important for my life.
Another down fall I see with generation always-on is that they lack real social skills. Instead of physically going to a friend to say hi, one will text or Facebook message that person. I can see that there will be a need for a class to teach people on how to socialize without the internet again.
I find myself agreeing with the results of most the survey’s done. The way our technology is moving, more and more people will get their information from digital media online. Our society will spend more hours per week as time progress.
Last year, I did an interview where I talked about difference between dance scene back in the 80’s versus how it is now. There are both positive and negatives effects. Positives are that information if readily available. Anytime if anyone wishes to learn about a certain dance move, he/she can perform a search online and there is an instructional video for him/her. The biggest negative is I see from my experience is that most of my students take this for granted. Instead of focusing and learning the dance move, students can procrastinate and almost learn later because the video is available anytime.
This article states that Facebook is top social network site (March 2012). As an instructor, I use Facebook groups to community with my students every semester. Almost every single student has a Facebook account. Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, etc, are great great tools.
How has the Internet has impacted your own personal learning?
What sites do you go to regularly to learn new things?
I probably use youtube the most. I love learning about new technology, new ideas, dance styles, jokes. etc. On the flip side, there are many misinformed ideas that came out of youtube as well.
Are there authors or sites that you “follow?”
Recently, I’ve been helping with my sons’ youth basketball teams. I’ve subscribed to a few channels that I found helpful.
When does the Internet or the Web help your learning, and when does it distract from good learning for you?
Internet help my learning when I can quickly and efficiently find the exact information that I need. It becomes a distraction when there are spam wares that pops up. Also, because there are so much information available, one can easily be misled to the wrong information.
How do you feel about technology and learning?
I love technology and learning. I believe this is the future in learning. I wish our entire educational system would love faster and adopt this style of learning.
I had created a twitter account few years ago. Honestly, I’m not a big microblogger. I don’t find it necessary to post everything little thing that I do. I find using my Facebook page is sufficient for what I do to stay connect with my dance students.
Here is a dance move that I learned in the 90s. I didn’t know what it called at the time. It wasn’t until I met a very famous dancer Stretch, aka Buhdda Stretch, and he taught an awesome master class where he shared his knowledge about this move.
In case you don’t know what the Bart Simpson dance is, check this music video from Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” video. This move starts at 7:03 of the video. Enjoy.
If you look carefully, you can see “Stretch” in the video several times.
We just started our winter hip hop class at Mission College. I’m excited to about this semester. I got my fabulous swagxy TAs, Reyna, Jordan, and Cliff with me. Can’t wait to get to know the entire class.