Recently, as part of my final project for EDU P&L 823 – The Functions of the Computer in the Classroom, I asked the question “How is technology changing learning?” using six different channels of communication: on this blog, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, via email and face-to-face. The question was deliberately very open-ended and I received some very interesting responses. But, perhaps more interestingly, were the differences between how people responded on each of these channels.
Obviously, the channels that reached people with whom I had close connections (email, face-to-face) received a lot of responses. Other, more ephemeral, forms of communication where connections are not as strong, received far fewer. In some ways, this was a bit humbling — I have a hundred followers on Twitter and even more on Facebook — but the response rate was very low. Perhaps the people with whom I communicate via these channels simply weren’t interested in this question?
Although these new channels (Twitter, Facebook) are changing communication, clearly they do not completely replace the others. And perhaps integrating them all is the most effective approach. Watch my final presentation below.