The shift to online media has affected me very positively as a student. As a student in the marine sciences especially, the incredible amount of resources I can access through the internet are invaluable. Tracking the tides and chemical composition of an area or body or water manually is incredibly labor intensive and time consuming. Not even to mention the fact that this sort of data is scarcely found in recent books or records. Records anywhere but the internet, that is.
As a student, this access to information and resources is helpful in completing assignments and studying for tests, but as a learner, it is more than just helpful.
The amount of knowledge that can be accessed over the internet means that when I learn about a new subject or phenomenon in class, I can go home and continue learning. I don’t have to limit my learning to the hour of class; I can spend several hours, even days spanned over time, learning about the subject more and more. There is rarely a limit to the information that can be found on the internet.
The shift to internet media impacts my relationship with other students and teachers as well. Years ago, when technology in the classroom was still prohibited, there was a rule most students are familiar with.
"Ask three friends before you ask the teacher"
This meant that when you were confused or needed help, you had to try and get your answers from other students before you could access the teacher. Even then, the teacher cannot always answer your questions. With the shift to internet media comes the shift of a more self directed learning. If I can’t understand a concept the way my professor words it, I can google it and read about it in several different phrasings until I understand it perfectly.
Also, having technology and the internet in classrooms and as a student means that there’s nothing I can’t learn. When my Marine Biology professor was listing the different feeding techniques of whales, she mentioned bubble net feeding (a favorite of the humpback whale’s) but lamented not being able to give us, the students, a visual representation. Within moments of her saying that, I was able to find a video of whales employing the bubble net feeding technique, and share it with both her and the class.
Being able to consume media online has made an incredibly positive impact on my life and my education. From learning further information about class topics, to simply being up to date and informed on the world news so that I may be able to hold a conversation with my school mates and colleagues, online media has been a very important resource for me.