Influence of Digital Media on Education

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A great man once said, “If we teach today’s students as we did yesterdays, we are robbing them of tomorrow.” His name was John Dewey. He was an American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. This man is the inspiration for many enthusiastic educators, who wish to evolve education as the world around us changes, especially with the rapid reforms bestowed upon the education world through this monster that we call digital media. There is no running away from the fact that digital media has already changed the world. It’s not going to stop altering the world it was created in anytime soon.

So human beings have taken advantage of this fact. Since digital media reaches every corner of the globe, man has learned how to influence tremendous amounts of people through digital advertisements, expressed opinions on blogs, massive video sharing (Youtube), Internet radios (Pandora, Spotify), universal shopping outlets (Amazon, Ebay) and even extremely localized seller/buyer ran websites such as Craigslist. The list is never ending. Digital media has grabbed our society by the horns. For this project I have chosen to analyze the impact of Digital media on education. Numerous communications technologies have been, and will continue to connect the expertise of professional educators. Digital media and the numerous communications technologies are connecting millions of people to:

1. Increase opportunities for a quality education. 2. Increase audience networks to jumpstart a synergistic routine for online/afterschool studies. 3. Easily develop effective studying techniques in younger children, which ultimately set children up for success.Education on Digital Media 4. Construct interactive communication for peer-to-peer studies. 5. Give parents a chance to provide their children with an excellent structured education. 6. Develop online programs that are extremely user



References: Scholz, R. T. (2011, March 31). Learning Through Digital Media » Introduction: Learning Through Digital Media. Learning Through Digital Media. Retrieved February 23, 2013, from http://learningthroughdigitalmedia.net/introduction-learning-through-digital-media DaBell, M., Chapman, C., Spellings, M., Whitehurst, G., & Schneider, M. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2006). Computer and internet use by students in 2003 (2006-065). Retrieved from Institute of Educational Sciences website: http://0-nces.ed.gov.opac.acc.msmc.edu/pubs2006/2006065.pdf Guernsey, L. (2012, March 7). Saying yes to digital media in preschool and kindergarten. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-guernsey/saying-yes-to-technology-_b_1325070.html Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon, 9(5), 1-6. Retrieved from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/prensky - digital natives, digital immigrants - part1.pdf

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