Honestly, while I think it is important for us to understand the technical components to how the Internet works, I do find it somewhat less than interesting. I’ve never been one to understand how things work – just that they work. Yes, I know – but it’s true! The details of Ajax only interested me in the collaboration aspect of it.
In reading this chapter, I thought about this class and the other class that I am taking. I have yet to meet anyone in person but the collaborations and the learning that has occurred for me in the past few weeks has been tremendous. My group mate and I have completed a great deal of work, and I’ve learned alot about a new person without ever laying eyes on her. I learned how to add narration to a Powerpoint with no traditional teacher. I created a blog in my pjs, and conversed with Dr. Andrews on my couch.
What does that mean for education? I’ve been encouraging the administration at my school to think more globally. The internet is connecting us in ways that I could have never imagined 10 years ago, and we can learn, share, collaborate and build together from anywhere in the world, using any number of tools such as blogs, Google Docs, podcasts etc.
Of course, the anonymity of the Internet creates dangers as well. We do not always know who we are interacting with, so we must continue to institute safeguards against deception and we need to teach our students about internet safety. With the explosion of technology, we must be mindful that there are new ways of deceiving. The internet, technology and all that comes with it can be incredibly positive as long as we are using it for positive results.