EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

Education-Technology-Speaker-Teacher-College-156aa45I am always surprised at how fast technology has grown throughout human history. This growth is  especially acceleratng in today’s era, which full of technological revolutions. This era has made tremendous progress in the field of technology, in particular information technology, which has transformed the large world into a small global village. As a result,  all of these technological developments are reflected in many aspects of society. However, I personably believe it is reflected most in the Education system.

I am considering myself new to this world: the world of Educational Technology, as I was living in a country where there was a lack of different kinds of educational technologies. Every year, the Ministry of Education was promising us as students to improve the way of education, which includes technologies and high level of learning. However, I have graduated and I haven’t seen anything of these improvements. Until I came here, where I saw how students are efficiently utilizing the information system and technology they have been provided. Also, I amazed at how students are encouraged to develop many skills related to self-education and e-learning.

While I was browsing Youtube, I found this amazing ad done by SMART, which presents an accurate history of advancements in the technology of education, which have greatly impacted teaching and learning over time. You can’t tell how I was surprised I was to hear that many of these technologies that we use today have been in use from long time ago.

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When I see how the classroom was in the past and how it is today, I usually imagine and think of how it will look in the future!! This makes me curious to see future technological schools and universities because it usually goes beyond my imagination. As we all know, in the past time classroom began with basic learning materials, starting from chalkboard, to now where we have smart boards, phones, tablets, and many other technologies, which we can see the improvements of every day.

FUTURE CLASSROOM !!!

If this is our classroom in the future, this would be an incredible classroom. A short expectation video of how classroom would be in the future. It was created by Daniel Nemroff, which was officially chosen for the 2014 White House Student Film FestivalI can’t imagine how cool it would be in terms of learning and teaching, as it would encourage students to love studying and learn more.

DID THESE TECHNOLOGIES CHANGE LEARNING ?!

Of course it did; however, the question I would ask is HOW technology change learning ?!

1. Access to Resources

encyclopedia-2Nowadays, student can assess the course material online, either from the school or university website. For example, I can access any course materials (lectures, notes, assignments … etc.) I need from courselink, which is available in the university website. Also, instead of opening an encyclopedia, in a couple of minutes browsing online with Google or Wikipedia, I can find the question, answer, or information I want. Even better, there is an online encyclopedia that I can search in with no need to dig in these old huge encyclopedia books.

2. Erasing Physical Materials

flash-html-5-formatBecause of the improvement in technology, I can download assignments and share notes online, so there is no need to print papers (Save the Environment). Moreover, if I missed any lecture, or I couldn’t attend it, I can listen and watch the recorded lectures posted in the course website. In other case, if I didn’t understand any concept in class, I can find many online tutorials where I can get the concept differently.  Also, in almost all of my online courses, profs usually record the lectures, which students can access it anytime.
Now students will not miss classes if the number of students per class is limited. Students could register for online classes, which is exactly the same as in class. Furthermore, I personally never ever depend on textbooks, as my first choice is usually e-book. Usually textbooks are overpriced and huge. By buying e-books, I don’t have to spend a ton of money or carry them around everyday.

3. Change the Communication in Class

pix-2Recently, in many classes I took before and classes I will take, profs ask students to answers questions in class using an i>clicker or using cellphones to submit the answers, which in the end of the session shows the answers on his/her lecture screen. In my opinion, this is a good way of getting everybody to participate. Also, profs would do in class quizzes using these devices, which is really make it easy for us to answer and for them to mark.

Is there any effects of technology on students ?!

There is no doubt that technology has affected students, now they have a variety of sources to search and learn faster and more easily. An interesting video I saw in youtube that shows the “The Effect of Technology on Teen Education”, and  I would like to share it here. 

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Educational Technology is showing that future of education is constantly developing and improving. This is affecting the students’ environment in class and their way of learning, which I think it would help increase the turnout to class and overall help the pursuit of education and learning.

Online Shopping and Privacy

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When I was in high school, I use to see my friends shop online frequently. They made me question why they trusted those online websites. I did not trust them because my father use to warn my sibling and I from  online shopping,  and processing the credit card number in random  websites. His worries resulted from the large number of fraudulent activities that were taking place online.

NOWADAYS, 

Buying online has become one of the things that facilitate our lives; and this has flourished and spread largely for E-commerce in the last decade. Many of us use the Internet to purchase  books, gifts, electronics, and even pay our  bills, such as the utility (water and electricity) bill, cellphone bill, internet bill, and the many other transactions that can be done easily online via electronic payment.

WHY DO PEOPLE PREFER TO SHOP ONLINE ?!

I cannot deny the pleasure of shopping with friend; they help me choose what is the latest style in clothing, accessories, and even home decor. However, the attractive deals that stores have to offer are sometimes  out of our budget, and out of our reach. As a result, we usually resort to online shopping. From my point of view, shopping online is a great alternative to shopping in malls,  since it gives us the best offers without the hassle of annoying crowds, line ups, and lack of parking spots.

Statistically, a great percentage of individuals  prefer online shopping. For your information, the figure below displays those statistics as to why people love to shop online. The statistics were collected  by Ecommerce Statistics – fortune3.

ON THE OTHER HAND, 

Some people still do not trust these electronic services.some of them, my father, he is from the old generation where people in the past all their purchases manually, by going to stores and pay in cash. Also, it is because they hear about  credit card thefts from random online sites, or individuals stealing someone else’s credit card number, and many other well known risks such as   identity theft. Clearly, they have the right to worry since this  exists in many different unsecured websites.

WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE AFRAID OF ONLINE SHOPPING ?!

There are many reasons for why many people are afraid of  purchasing stuff online. One of them is the huge number of fake online stores who steal credit card information. This is one of the biggest risks that comes with shopping online.  Many online stores are not REAL stores; they attract people with fake sales and deals in order  to access their credit card information, and use it for themselves.  I am a victim of these fake stores because I  once purchased a textbook online, and I did not even receive the textbook. Fortunately,  my bank locked my credit  card before any  further damage could be done.

Moreover, some  online stores  post pictures of a products that attract us; however, when we receive the product after purchasing it, it looks different than that picture. One time, a friend was talking to me about her experience in shopping online. She told me that products could be cheaper; however, some of them have bad quality, which usually the sellers do not mention about it in their product’s description.

Furthermore, the shipment process time can sometime take forever. Or worse the product has an additional shipping fee that  raises the overall cost of the  transaction. Therefore,  it becomes cheaper to just shop in the stores at your neighbourhood. Last semester I ordered Marketing loose leaf textbook from Pearson, I did not receive the book until the end of the semester. Lastly,  some stores do not have a returns or refund policy, which means you are stuck with their product.

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 8.56.19 PMThe graph to the right shows  statistics about people’s attitude towards online shopping. This statistic relates the shopper’s attitude towards  online shopping to their  household income.  The  orange bars show the percentage of customers who do not like to give out their credit card number, or personal information. The blue bars show the percentage of  customers who prefer to see the product before they buy it.   

STAY SAFE AND SECURE 

Social Media Addiction

ImageSocial Media has become an important tool that attracted youth, children and adult, and entered them to their own world.The world of Facebook and Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and many others, where they considered it to be a place to share and exchange their views and ideas, and express themselves, regardless the difference of their cultures, languages and environments. Social media has become a part of their lives that cannot live without it, until it arrived at some point of addiction.

Social media has GROWN FAST nowadays with a surprising social media statistics.

 

What is Addiction?

The fact of being addicted to social media while it seems to be normal to them that could be named as Social Media Addiction. There are many habits that most of us do everyday without realizing that it leads us to point of addiction.

The Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale, Are you addicted? 

A study done by Dr. Cecilie Andraessen from the University of Bergen (UiB), Norway, which issued in the Psychological Reports in April 2012, and it is investigating the link between the person’s behaviour and Facebook and measuring Facebook addiction. In January 2011, BFAS questionnaire tested by 432 students (227 woman and 196 men) to watch their sociability, attitudes and addictive tendencies. The questionnaire below is the BFAS that tested by the student to see their level of addiction to Facebook.

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Signs of Social Media Addiction 

  1. One should not spend more than half an hour on social media sites, where as they would spend more than an hour.
  2. Going back and forth through these sites whenever possible. Image
  3. The need of social affirmation, where one would want to get the acknowledgement and gain approval by over sharing privacies.
  4. Other people’s recognition of your problem.
  5. Interference with offline social life. Lower grades and job losses could be the evaluation ofthese actions. Being over reliant of these social media sites.
  6. Fast withdrawal declarations of trying to cut down on these social media sites.
  7. Obsessive thoughts of aspects for these social media sites. Overthinking posts or such.
  8. Reporting unnecessary thing
  9. Desire of more friends, and staying active for a longer period to fulfill their aspects
  10. Avoiding problems and conflicts outside social media, and going to these sites to perhaps feel better.
  11. Loosing sleep or waking up early to check the social media sites. That is a symptom of overuse to these sites.

Psychologist Dr. Micheal: Why people get so addicted to social media

Social Media and its Emotional Impact

While browsing online, I found an interesting study done by Social Times on social media and how it impact on people life emotionally. Some facts that happen to most of us, but we do not sense it. The study comes up with number of statistics that applied by random people.

  • A drivers reaction slows by 38% while texting and driving.
  • 45% of people have the worrisome feeling when these social media networks are inaccessible.
  • 66% have difficulty sleeping after the use of these social medias.
  • 64% accept friend requests of strangers.
  • 46% of woman allow strangers to have access to privacies such as their address.
  • 41% sense burglars knowing where they live.
  • Turning off these social media networks could avoid these obsessions of ones with drug addicts.

Solution to defeat addiction

After reaching the point of addiction, the user should first believe that he/she reaches this top point of addiction; otherwise, there is no benefit of this. Then, whenever control the number log in times; do not log in unless it is urgent. Also, put in mind how much time are you going to spend for the urgent propose. Moreover, do not log in unless you are free from any responsibilities; and deactivate you social media websites when you have work to do and due dates. Think of hobbies or activates to do alone or with friends instead of going online. Think of that wasting time doing nothing while you could do something useful instead.

“Believe in yourself, you know you can do it, beat that addiction.”

End up Video …

It is an interesting video that has been uploaded to Youtube 3 weeks ago and got many views and shared in most of the social media networks …

Resources

Leyre. (April, 2013). Hard facts about social media and its emotional impact. Panda Security News. Issued by Social Times. Retrieved from http://support.pandasecurity.com/blog/social-media/hard-facts-about-social-media-and-its-emotional-impact/

Paddock, C. (May, 2012). Facebook Addiction – New Psychological Scale. MNT. Retrieved from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/245251.php

Roy, S., Lace. M., Teresa, Maniac and 3 others. (N.A.). How to Defeat a Social Networking Addiction. Wiki How. Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Defeat-a-Social-Networking-Addiction

Wilson, L. (May, 2013). SOCIAL MEDIA ADDICTION. The Center For Development.Retrieved from http://drlwilson.com/ARTICLES/ADDICTION,%20SOCIAL%20M.htm