Explain drawbacks, if any, to the Internet and its role in your education.
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Wow, a more astounding plethora of ambiguous words I have never seen.
Internet. . .
Education. . .
Career. . .
For me to even begin telling how the internet shapes anything in my life, we need to give those words shape--and by that I mean a little of my personal perspective.
The internet, first of all, is an amazing, expansive, fathomless, sometimes frustrating, often entertaining, labyrinthine treasure-chest of everything and anything ever. What can you not find on the internet? Extreme sock-knitting?
Nope, found it:
For me, though, the internet is socializing on Facebook, it's checking my email, it's watching videos on Youtube, it's the nonsense of Imgur; it's scholarship searching (as you may know), it's googling--er, I mean--researching (for both school and my writing hobby), it's signing up for classes, it's managing my finances, it's listening to music, getting motivated, wasting time, having fun, losing faith in humanity, finding faith in humanity, and webcomics.
Education? Well, let's see. A lot of people would say an education is something you get only at school or in activities related to official academia, but it's a lot more than that to me. Every conversation with someone strange or familiar is education. Every day I'm alive and breathing and even nominally conscious is education. Education is everything that makes me a more well-rounded person.
Finally, career. Officially I'm an English Teaching Major at the University of Utah. Unofficially I'm
Actually, scratch that last one.
I want to live and breath words. And for that, for all of that--education, career, life, what-have-you--I use the internet.
Someday I'll be a teacher, and that internet has no lack of resources for a teacher. From lesson plans, to ideas, to blogs about teaching with personal experiences in abundance, I can enter the teaching world more prepared than any generation before me.
When my first teaching class had a project, I challenged myself to think as though my classmates were my students. My subject: Arthurian Legends. I knew a lot already and I was learning more every day--by finding documentaries on Netflix and Youtube and other sources across the web--but I needed to get this information to the class before I started teaching. After all, I only had a few minutes to teach a semesters-worth of material.
So I turned to Facebook and made a page for my "students". Those documentaries? I posted them. Those links? Them too. I also posted links to added reading material for sale on Amazon.
What may have taken me a few hours to research was now all housed in one place. Two minutes of scrolling would give my classmates a decent idea of the components and sources of Arthurian Legend.
The internet plays an even greater role in my writing education. Were it not for the internet, I would never know about the many conferences right here in Utah. Were it not for the internet, I couldn't "attend" Brandon Sanderson's fantasy writing lectures; I couldn't learn from the great writers of today by simply following their blogs; I couldn't listen to podcasts about the intricacies of writing and publishing. Finding agents and submitting to them is as easy as visiting Querytracker.com. Their forum is pretty great too for first-hand knowledge on the querying experience.
But writing isn't just words on paper--it's literally everything. For me to write well, I have to understand a lot of things at least a little; some thing I have to be practically an expert on. When my character tells me she's deeply involved in photography, I can find articles or videos on the subject, I can order books, I can reserve books at my local library, I can even email, Facebook message, or Twitter PM a living breathing photographer and ask them questions in real time--all online!
How did the authors of the past ever get by?
Well actually, most of them were affluent enough to get by without the internet. They could travel to the places they wanted to write about, meet the people they needed to interview, and sit around at home writing away instead of working.
The internet has leveled the educational playing field--it's made just about everything you could ever want to learn available to everyone with a computer and some internet access (and that particular crowd is growing by the minute). I don't need to be able to get to a campus or find money for tuition and textbooks or move across the country--whatever I want to learn about, however inane or spectacular it may be--the internet is my teacher.
How has the internet shaped my educational career? Shaping might be too weak a word. In a lot of ways, it is my educational career. I learn a lot from live lectures and from my textbooks, but where ever there are holes, gaps, or a burning need to know more, I turn to the internet.
And it never fails me.