What this technology guide can do: A reflection

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This guide provides information on several different technologies.  Each technology offers a variety of uses.  This guide provides links to helpful information and information on the use of technology.  When selecting a technology for your own use in your personal or professional career, you will want to review the various uses and pick one or even more than one that offers the best use depending on what you hope to accomplish.

The tool that would be most beneficial based on this research, for both this author’s professional and personal practice is the use of tablets. Tablets are beneficial in nearly every professional practice and for vast personal use. A tablet’s diversity offers access to work, educational, and personal documents, e-books, and applications (Fabian & Maclean, 2014). The ability to be online and connected at all times ensures that nothing is missed. One can really have everything they need in one place. You can take notes for class, write your grocery list, deposit a check, complete employment training, and read your favorite book whenever you need to (Katzan, 2015). Tablets can be customized to meet your own needs and the flow of your life. Tablets that are used for learning provide the ability to get to e-books, chat rooms, online classrooms, create documents, watch videos, and gain access to libraries all in a small and portable device (Young, Klemz, & Murphy, 2003).

This technology guide provides several examples of technology and their benefits in education and learning. I plan on using this guide in the future should an opportunity arise for me to share the vast benefits of technology. If I am given the chance to provide my findings and research to my professional career, I would jump at such a great opportunity.  This guide would be very beneficial for individuals who need to incorporate learning into their professional careers. Additionally, this guide would be beneficial to parents and educators who are looking to add technology into their lives and curriculum. The goal is to make learning more accessible, beneficial, and adaptable for all learning styles, which this guide offers.

References

Katzan, H. (2015). Principles of tablet computing for educators. Contemporary Issues in Education Research (Online), 8(1), 7.

Fabian, K., & Maclean, D. (2014). Keep taking the tablets? assessing the use of tablet devices in learning and teaching activities in the further education sector. Research in Learning Technology, 22 doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v22.22648

Young, M. R., Klemz, B. R., & Murphy, J. W. (2003). Enhancing learning outcomes: The effects of instructional technology, learning styles, instructional methods, and student behavior. Journal of Marketing Education, 25(2), 130-142.

 

Analysis of Three Technology Tools

Technology has presented major advancements in the learning and training fields. Individuals can now be trained and learn from any place in the world, at any hour of the day, and on nearly any type of device. Three technology tools that have allowed for major advancements in these areas are wikiHow, SlideShare, and WordPress. A breakdown of these technologies will assist in determining the best usage.

wikiHow

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One method of learning using technology is through an online collaborative effort. One such collaborative effort is a site called wikiHow (Dishaw, Eierman, Iversen, & Phillip, 2011). This site allows individuals to create how-to, step-by-step articles on nearly every topic (MediaWiki, 2015). This method of learning allows for quick and easy to understand answers on questions related to any subject from education to business to personnel.

Sites such as this offer a wide-range of information and are easy to navigate. They are directed at all individuals including students looking for homework help, businesses wanting to learn how to setup a new budget, and any curious individual. Drawbacks include unreliable information since contributors can be anyone. Information provided is not necessarily proven and sites can also be edited by anyone, which can lead to erroneous information as well. The best use for these types of sites is for non-educational purposes that do not require guaranteed, referenced information.

SlideShare

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SlideShare is an also a collaborative site; however, this site focuses on sharing slide presentations, pdfs, or other formatted items created by subject-matter experts (LinkedIn, 2015). Businesses, teachers, and individuals can use SlideShare to learn about a variety of topics and to share others presentations. Items can be viewed from nearly any device, allowing for easy access.

SlideShare’s offers are wide-range of presentations, where individuals can provide feedback or comments. This collaborative site differs from the wiki sites in that individuals cannot edit content, allowing for slightly more reliable information. This is quite beneficial for teachers or instructors who wish to reference or utilize others presentations. The only drawback is once again the possible unreliability, it is important to review the author’s background, the content, and references before concluding the information to be valid and true. SlideShare is quite useful for businesses and educational purposes.

WordPress

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WordPress (2015) is a website, blog, and app making site. WordPress is beneficial for any individuals who wish to provide comment, interpretation, and information on a variety of topics. A benefit to the blog format is that individuals can tie information to personal experiences, a learning theory known as pedagogy (Zhang, 2013).

WordPress also runs into the same issue as all other social media, collaborative, and networking sites, the fear of unreliable information. Educators and businesses would find it useful and beneficial for connective with their students and employees. They would find it easy to use and provide collaborative efforts from anywhere.

Wrap-Up

Selecting the appropriate technology is crucial depending on the intended outcome and audience. Businesses and educators may not find the same technology to be useful. The above three technologies each offer their own benefits and drawbacks and can be very useful depending on what the purpose for their use.  The key is choosing the one that is best for the purpose.

References

Dishaw, M., Eierman, M. A., Iversen, J. H., & Philip, G. C. (2011). Wiki or word? evaluating tools for collaborative writing and editing. Journal of Information Systems Education, 22(1), 43-54.

Hossain, M. H., & Aydin, H. (2011). A web 2.0-based collaborative model for multicultural education. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 5(2), 116-128. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17504971111142655

LinkedIn. (2015). SlideShare. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/

MediaWiki. (2015). wikiHow. Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Main-Page

WordPress.org. (2015). WordPress. Retrieved from https://wordpress.org/

Zhang, S. (2013). An empirical study of the factors affecting weblog success in higher education. Journal of Information Systems Education, 24(4), 267-279.