A photo of a train platform

Platforms: How They Are Used




Platforms can be defined in many different ways. A lot of people think of physical things that we can stand on. For example, a boardwalk or the yellow cement right before train tracks. Some people may even think of physical things you can move like a steering wheels or different types on knobs. Newer generations can define it as digital apps or websites. Let’s think a little deeper about different types of digital platforms…

Digital Platforms

According to Mae Rice, in the article “What Is a Platform, Anyway?” she describes the definition as “is often used to describe either the foundations upon which software products are built, or the digital infrastructures that facilitate valuable interactions between participants.” She uses examples like Ebay, Youtube, and even Twitter. They can also be social. These can typically include Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat, but include many more. An article written by Tarleton Gillespie, “The Politics of Platforms,” discuss the competition that different platforms have. “Google and YouTube have also positioned themselves as champions of freedom of expression, and platform works here too, deftly linking the technical, figurative, and political.” Due to the popularity of media and different digital apps, it can cause a lot of divide and politics between different platforms.

Using it Academically

Technology has become more and more useful in schools. Academic sites and apps have become key in learning today. Without technology it almost feels like learning would be impossible. For example, sites like Kahoot, Google Classroom, or Class Dojo are well-known resources that are used by many schools. As a student, educator, or even a parent being digital literate can really help when using resources in academics.


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