Participatory Pedagogy, Interactive Learning, and Web 2.0
16. New Media’s Transformation of Education
NEW MEDIA’S TRANSFORMATION OF EDUCATION
Web 2.0, social media, websites, wikis, interactive forums, e-learning systems—at some point they are all part of the educational process today, no matter what the discipline. New media has transformed education by seamlessly integrating technology into pedagogy. The results of this transformation are sometimes consequential and innovative, sometimes insignificant and uninspiring, sometimes worthy, sometimes not.
Jean Piaget, the psychologist and philosopher, said, “The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”36 New media technologies provide a means for doing new things—in education, art, community service, and industry. And as long as technologies continue to change, there will always be new things we can do with new media. New media have the potential to enhance the overall quality of an educational experience, even a life experience, as long as educators understand how theory and practice should converge with technology in the classroom and educators put purpose first.
Because convergence is a vital component of our electronic media culture, educators should provide students with a strong conceptual and methodological grasp of issues in the intersecting worlds of emerging ← 183 | 184 → technologies, new media integration, and content creation. That is my approach. I believe that with an understanding of how content, media, and culture converge to engage users—visually, interactively, or otherwise—students will be better...
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