Reflective Blog #2

If we look back at prior educational environments before computers were invented and multimedia technologies, other types of technologies were introduced as instructional tools such as radio, film, and television into classrooms with a certain degree of success. Today, digital technologies have greatly influenced us in the 21st century. Educational experiences have remained consistent even while there have been changes in the modes and models of teaching and learning with the advance of technology, mainly due to the invention of the Internet and the popularity of personal computers. Today’s learners will need to enter the real-world with capabilities such as the ability to communicate effectively, analyze, utilize higher-order thinking skills and think creatively. In the workforce you use many tools for learning such as Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and Webex. When taking online classes we use Blackboard to access our classes and to post blogs. One can never learn too much about technology and how to use it. For myself, I do not watch much TV and I am in the dark about a lot of things that go on in the world today. So I find myself scrolling through Facebook reading the local news or the updates in Central America (where our manufacturing plants are located.) The new outburst of the Zika virus is the most recent thing I have educated myself about through the use of media and technology. I used Google search to learn more about the Zika virus. With that being said, computers can be used as tools to engage learners in higher order thinking and provide a constructive learning environment to help the learner actively build up their own knowledge and reflect on their interpretations.
I agree with Robert Kozma. We should begin to think about the ways can use the media to influence learning for students and teachers. There is a relationship between media and learning and we should use the available media to enhance teaching and learning for faculty and students. Robert Kozma argued that students will benefit most from the use of a particular medium when its capabilities are employed by the instructional method to provide representations and cognitive operations that are important to the task and the situation.

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