How has the Internet has impacted your own personal learning?
- What sites do you go to regularly to learn new things?
- Are there authors or sites that you "follow?"
- When does the Internet or the Web help your learning, and when does it distract from good learning for you?
- How do you feel about technology and learning?
These are very good and thought-provoking questions surrounding this content, and it does make me analyze my use of technology and it's impact on my learning. The majority of sites that I use for learning are broad, and typically are at the mercy of what sites Google believe are most relevant to the content I am searching for. Though I do use Wikipedia, I know not to rely on this site as the absolute truth. The Internet can aid in my learning when I find a website that is: credible, has substantial resources, and created by people in that specific field. On the other hand, it can detract from my "good learning" by feeding me false information or unreliable sources. In the end, it is up to the user to distinguish between the two, and I believe technology can greatly benefit learning. Specifically blogging can be an asset by engaging students to participate, be it actually contributing or simply reading what others deem important in specific content areas. Blogging allows for a more flexible and accessible way to respond, share, and collaborate with others on a variety of issues which has the power to enhance learning. It can act in a way like a big study group, with people comparing notes, discussing what is important, and debating upon the validity of
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