Meet the Bloggers: Geethani Liyanage

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Hi! I am Geethani. I am studying at the Universities of Maryland, College Park, Communication major and focusing in Digital media and Visual Communication. I learned and played very traditional way. However, I enjoy new technology and gadgets: phone, laptop and GPS. I use new technology and gadgets when I “really” want them, but not always. I see new generation is a lot more relay on new devices. Many bring new gadgets to class rooms. Do we really “need” them when we learn? There are countless positive things to be said that technology has huge influence on education. But, we  know many people who have becoming over reliant on technology, getting lazy and unhealthy. I like use my laptop when I do my assignments at home. In the class room, I want to pay more attention on lecture and write my notes in my note-book – circle, underline, highlight and write short notes beyond the margin. I also hate tweeting during class time. Modern learning tool? We need a balance. So, I hope to contribute some of my ideas in this blog. Enjoy!

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Meet the Bloggers: Jordan Cooper

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Hello everyone, my name is Jordan Cooper. I am a Communication major at the Universities at Shady Grove. I am interested in this topic of classic versus modern learning tools, because I am invested in the future of the generation of students that will succeed me. I am a firm believer in the healthy coexistence of tactile (or “analog”) and digital tools in the classroom. Basic skills should not be wholly sacrificed for constantly replaced — not to mention expensive — modern technology.  I just feel as though as our society gets older, the human element in education (among other societal sectors) is downplayed or even removed completely. I reiterate, I am not calling for the focus of solely traditional resources in the classroom, but I am advocating for caution in assuming solely digital resources are a superior replacement (I have no desire to “throw the baby out with the bathwater”, so to speak).

Meet the Bloggers: Matthew

myAvatarHello! My name is Matthew. I am a Junior at the University of Maryland, College Park and I am studying Communication with a focus in digital media and visual communication. I absolutely love technology. I always upgrade to the newest gadgets whenever a new one releases, I own multiple high-end computers, game consoles, T.V.’s, and smartphones. I am absolutely surrounded by technology. Unfortunately having all this tech has made me reliant on it and as much as I hate to admit it, I can’t go 10 mins without using some sort of tech. The only time I can do something without the use of technology is when I’m taking school notes. I still prefer handwriting my notes for two reasons. The first reason is that I don’t have to create a backup of my notes because I’m worried that my computer might die. The second reason is that I read in a few studies that those who hand write notes are more likely to remember the content over those who type their notes. Anyway, we will be posting new stuff to the blog weekly and I hope you guys like it!!

Meet the Bloggers: DJ

 

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Hello I am DJ I am a University of Maryland College Park student studying communication with a focus on digital media. I have thought about education for a long time. Watching technology come into play more and more as I went through high school and in college I have found that the new technology is great to use but has many negative attributes from kids being less attentive during class to using a calculator to do simple math. Students, I believe rely too much on technology to do the work for them. Students are forgetting how to do the work by hand and deep thought. Using technology is one thing but having technology replace human action and or thought entirely or to a great extent I believe is negative. I am somewhat passionate about the subject of education.

I am looking forward to posting on this blog and hope you will have the time to see my groups posts. We will start posting in around a week or two and continue posting for a few weeks after. I hope you enjoy our ideas and perspectives.

Meet The Bloggers: Bethany

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Hi! I’m Bethany. I’m a junior at the University of Maryland, College Park and I’m studying Communication with a focus in digital media and visual communication. Although all of that sounds very tech savvy, I would still chose taking my notes on a good ole fashioned notebook versus typing it on my laptop. This is super important to me because it’s easy for me to get distracted and having a laptop in my face with a hundred different ways to get sidetracked does not help me at all. I believe that in the time period we are in now, with so much technology outlets – it has caused many of the youth with difficulty paying attention. That is because they are so used to fast action technology. I hope in my posts you’ll be able to get a new understanding of learning tools in relation to education today. Enjoy!