Digital media can be a great tool when it comes to education. There are so many sites and online resources now available for learning and revision to help teenagers achieve the best grades they possibly can. There are sites specifically designed for teenage education which are usually easy to navigate and require minimal skills to use BBC Bitesize being a great example of this. It contains materials for almost every subject and has animations and colours to make dull subjects come to life. The site now adapts to whatever device you access it from, making it suitable for smartphones, therefore making on the go learning possible (Millner 2013).
Having access to the internet is great for teenagers cause they can have their questions answered within minutes, even seconds by doing research online. It’s a great source of information, with search engines such as Google and specifically Google Scholar it means data can be collected and organised efficiently. Alerts can be set up for a specific topic, helping information to be gathered breaking out of filter bubbles. (Stewart 2015).
One thing that does need to be monitored is plagiarism as digital media does present the option to cut corners. It’s important for teens to recognise that the use of ‘copy and paste’ from sites such as wikipedia cannot be counted as their own work.
There are also courses available online that can help teens progress further in a certain area of interest and they can gain qualifications from them. Completing things such as online courses in your own time, shows dedication and commitment to learning and is something that will be recognised and favourable when it comes to employment. Learning how to use digital media and the software is something that will help teenagers not only now but in later life as well. Setting up exam or revision schedules will helps with the organisation of workload (Teens 2015). Knowing how to create and manage documents, will be a valuable skill when it comes to creating and distributing CV’s. Setting up and using E-mail accounts will be good practice for contacting employers and demonstrating professionalism towards other formal connections.
With GCSE’s and Higher’s being such a pivotal point in teenage life, as well as being useful, digital media can also be a distraction from studies (Teens 2015). Having a tab with Facebook up, receiving and responding to texts, online games, television can all make it harder to stay focused. On the country, social media can be used to facilitate learning, using sites such as Tweetdeck. This allows users to create and organise their own timelines using searches and filters. By using an existing account you can engage, follow and gather information on particular topics quickly and effectively (Stewart 2015).
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STEWART, C., 2015. Searching for data online, BS1288. [PowerPoint presentation]. Searching for data online. Digital Media Platforms and Practices. The Robert Gordon University, Department of Communication, Marketing and Media, room FOM 116, 26 February.
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