This is the question presented to me in my Technology in Kinesiology online graduate class. I must say that when I look back on how the internet has impacted my learning experiences over the past decade, I am very appreciative of the amount of information I've had access to at the tip of my fingers. All it takes is a search description typed into a google search engine to discover how the United States was founded, or what year Kennedy died, or even how to bake a batch of brownies. The internet is an amazing tool that many of us, myself included, have taken for granted. In fact, I will be the first to admit that I've spent at least half of my time surfing the web for hot deals of the latest fashionable crave or the must-have item of the year rather than exploring the depths of vast knowledge available to be obtained on free educational-based websites.
However, when it comes to my personal learning and development via the web, I tend to drift towards utilizing various search engines, online dictionaries and encyclopedias, as well as the NSCA's database for journal articles referring to strength and conditioning, nutrition, and other athletic-based learning materials. In fact, my go-to website is a link off of the NSCA's website for the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, where members, like myself, can gain daily access to any documentation submitted by publishers based on articles for strength and conditioning techniques and what not. The site has been extremely beneficial in my development as a strength and conditioning coach the fast few years, as well as aided in my success in the classroom as an exercise science major.
Aside from all of this, I will say that the internet definitely has its pros and cons. The major pros include the fact it can be used for educational reasons and acts as an amazing tool for resources of all topics and interests. The major cons include the distractions from advertisements for sales and the drawback of getting sucked in to the marketing schemes of this web-based marketplace generation. However, in my opinion the internet is an excellent learning tool that should continue and will continue to be used as a primary source for educational development for generations to come. I plan to continue to surf the web on a daily basis to find whatever factual information I may need for my educational development, as well as my desires to search for hot deals on the latest gadgets of the 21st century.
by, Steven Waite