The interactive, computer-mediated technologies which are more commonly known as ‘social media tools’ have shaped the world which we live in today. The relationship between these tools and information use and management can benefit us in many different aspects of our lives. Information management involves the collection of information from different sources and the distribution of this information to an audience in order to design, develop, manage and use it to support decision making and create value for individuals, organisations, communities and societies (Kim, Chunsik, & Elias, 2015).
As a student, I think the use of social media tools cannot only benefit our information use and management in an academic sense, but also, in our everyday preservation and dissemination of information. Platforms such as Google+ offer individual’s alternative opportunities to process information and make managing virtual information an art (Chesser, 2013), while sites such as YouTube and Instagram allow us to search for “information” by simply typing in a keyword. Being presented with thousands of results online can often be overwhelming, however, social media tools allow us to break down this information and organise it in such a way that it can be used effectively. There is huge emphasis placed on the importance of information sharing behaviours online and their overall positive effect on society. (Kim, Chunsik, & Elias, 2015). Due to social media tools, we have the opportunity to process and share information whenever, wherever we want.
The idea of this task was to create a pocket account and practice saving (3 items about managing information through social media), favouriting and bulk editing on pocket in order to manage content whether its pictures, videos or text. This allowed us to consider management of information through social media. The images attached provide proof of the completion of the steps required:
The idea of this task was to follow a list of clear instructions from a UCD library guide which explained how to show data on a map using Google Maps. This provided us with the opportunity to explore combining data in different ways to highlight selected information. Below is an image and working link to my map mashup:
The idea of this task was to create a Pinterest account and follow a series of steps which would help us to think about how different types of information can be managed through social media. Pinterest mainly deals with visual information. These steps included setting up a personal profile, creating a Pinterest board (at least 3 boards containing themed content), adding a pin and re-pinning an image. The images provided below are proof of all completed steps:
As a result of critically reviewing the impact that publishing through blogs can assist students in their academic studies, I have come to the conclusion that the use of blog platforms are both effective and practical. They allow students to be able to contribute to reflective and collective learning autonomously while maintaining a flexible nature for those with family or work obligations (Mansouri & Piki, 2015) which most individuals will have. By using a blog, students are given the opportunity to express and honour their personal creativity by developing unique content and visually displaying their perspective and personality through different themes, layouts and designs. In addition to this, they sharpen brain performance, promote self-expression, boost confidence and improve communication skills, all which in turn will benefit students in their academic studies. Emphasis is placed on the importance of active feedback from lecturers – something which I believe to be extremely beneficial to students in every major.
Since the world is constantly evolving, so are many aspects of human existence and gradually life is becoming more digital (Thompson, 2018). Thus, I strongly feel that blogging is an aspect of the digital world that can be used to every students advantage.
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