It is said tht there are pros and cons to everything that we say and do. I suppose the same is true for using the web and social networking. I find that the thoughtful use of technology can provide an unlimited opportunity for interactive learning. Information is available 24/7 on any topic I choose. In addition, communication is instantaneous once it is posted. I have the ability to share and network with my peers with just a few clicks.
However, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by some aspects of the technology. I use certain apps without a thorough understanding of how it works. Is the information I provide public, limited or private? What are the consequences of such use – as evidenced in the “Overexposed” video. That being said, I do try to research the app and then run the risk of being “always on” – a label I try to avoid. This research takes time! So how does one manage the use of all of these technological tools? As mentioned in Stephen Mangat’s videos, I try to thoughtfully plan my day by allowing specific times for certain things (networking , surfing etc.). I am starting to use tools that help to increase personal productivity such as google reader, google docs and hope to investigate others mentioned like hootsuite, pidjin, or dropbox. Technology and the web, when used correctly, can actually make my life easier, more organized and productive and provide unlimited learning opportunity.
Two blog posts that I found interesting that pertain to the advantages/ disadvantages of the web and social networking are: http://celtathens.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-social-networks-for-language-teachers/ and http://www.pacific.edu/Campus-Life/Safety-and-Conduct/Safety-and-Security/Online-Social-Networking-Dangers-and-Benefits-.html