With all of the advancements in technology, it is no surprise that our personal life has become highly dependent upon it. Technology has changed the way we communicate, the way we learn, and the way we receive and make sense of information. As people’s demands and life style change, so does the technology. From smart phones to tablets, there is always a way to stay connected and conveniently access current information/media.
Nowadays, a fresh off the press newspaper has become somewhat obsolete. If we wish to listen or read about current events happening in our world, all we need to do is turn on our television, laptop computer, or simply take out our smart phones and instantly we are connected through an abundance of different media sources.
On an average day, I check social media several times (more so during the evening after my son has gone to bed). But, if I’m being completely honest, I would say I am always “connected”. Specifically, I am checking my Facebook feed, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter accounts. Monitoring my email (work and personal) is easy as I get instant notifications sent directly to my cell phone. Once I receive an email, I am usually quick to respond. Although, this promptness may change once I return to work from my maternity leave.
During the evening, my husband and I usually have the television on and are watching the news (CBC and Global mostly). This is usually when we catch up on our daily news fix. Like Kyle, during the day we are mainly connected to cell phones, scrolling through Twitter for information and news. As for analyzing the credibility of information/media, my strategies are similar to Krista’s. When I read a piece of information and question its authenticity, usually the questions I will ask myself are: Who is the author? Why is this information being shared? Who is the targeted audience? What source is this information coming from? After asking myself these questions, I am usually inspired to investigate the source from which I have read the information from, before assuming the information is authentic.
After watching Luke’s recent vlog on media literacy, I feel more confident in my ability to investigate media sources. Within his video, he reminds both teachers and learners to be cautious of fake news surrounding technology and social media today. Moreover, he explains the many ways we can guide/coach our students to think critically while examining different forms of media and to be reflective.
Overall, the effects of technological advancement are both positive and negative. It is positive because technology has simplified the way we do things, increases productivity, simplifies communication and provides instant access to up to date information. But, some would say it is negative due to being too dependent upon technology and lack of innovation. Despite these pros and cons, technology is here to stay and we will continue to receive information through its use. Therefore, educating students about digital media/literacy is crucial in the development of producing informed citizens that possess the ability to think critically about media messages and be able to respond appropriately.
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