Ever since first grade, the word ‘homework’ brings on a sense of impending doom. When I was younger, homework meant sitting at my desk filling out worksheets, reading books, or writing papers. When I was younger doing homework meant just that, doing homework. There was no watching TV, no simultaneously texting friends, and no browsing the Internet.
As I grew older the way I did homework changed. I still had to write papers, but this time I was typing them on my computer. I still had to sit down and do math problems, but I would simultaneously be on my phone or on my laptop.
This semester, my homework has changed even more drastically. Just the other day, when I was writing my blog post, my boyfriend walked into the room and upon seeing pictures of Facebook all over my computer he said to me ‘I thought you were doing work.’ And I told him ‘I am doing work. This is what my homework looks like in 2014.’
Homework this semester is different than homework in the past. For this course, I get to use social medical outlets, such as blogs, to submit work and discuss ideas with current classmates outside of the classroom. In my online photography course this semester we post photos to Flickr and interact with classmates that we have never met. Homework no longer means sitting alone and working on problems. Homework in 2014 involves using a computer and different digital media outlets as a means to do homework, and not just a distraction. I find this new type of ‘homework’ so rewarding and much more exciting than sitting at my desk alone agonizing over problems.