The five technologies that I want to discuss impact on how people learn and interact are:
• Mobile Learning
• Chat Rooms and Discussion Boards
• Microblogs or Microsharing (Twitter)
These are all technologies that I have experience using.
“Mobile learning refers to training delivered using a mobile device such as a smartphone, netbook, notebook computer, or iPad” (Noe, 2013 p.344). This allows trainees to learn from anywhere and at any time. I have had to use my iPhone and iPad on numerous occasions in order to access learning content and submit work as a graduate student. Sometimes it was because of unavoidable circumstances, such as being away from home, and not having access to my desktop computer, that caused me to have to use mobile technology in order to meet deadlines. “For mobile learning to be effective, it needs to be short, easy, and meaningful” It is important that the training materials be time conserving and meaningful because attention spans may be short looking at a small screen and learners may not have much time. It is suggested that mobile learning be used cohesively with face-to-face interaction in order to be effective.
Wikis, Blogs, microblogs, or microsharing, are all considered to be social media. They allow people to access them from online and mobile technology. These technologies are all interactive where people can communicate, share information, resources, videos, and many other forms of information. People are able to have discussions, and trainers are also able to coach trainees as they are engaging in different topics online. Many people use these types of technology every day to communicate with people whether good or bad.
Technology can be very effective is used properly. In an article I found using Google Scholar, it discusses factors influencing the effective use of technology in the classroom. It discusses how it can be a slow, time-consuming process, which is very true. It can also require the trainer to change teaching strategies in order to be effective. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED471140.pdf