A meeting today reminded me of the chasm surrounding general understanding of what is going on in the new media world of our youth. Here we are with teachers still ‘learning’ how to do basic things, while the kids have stampeded right on into the 21st century.
Tipping Point Labs has some interesting insights into Tumblr, Twitter and The Tweeters,Tumblrists and Technogeeks using them. Tumblr is seen as being a more sophisticated version of Twitter with much more room for valuable content and interaction between users.
Now I don’t know about you – but these are old tools of trade for me and many of those in my personal learning network. Definitly not tools of trade for the majority of those I work with and interact with on a daily basis.
I dropped by the Facebook profile of my very sociable teenage niece. What I saw was a breadcrumb trail to some new shifts in what her friendship groups were up to. Seems the kids are starting to ‘swarm’ to places like twitter and tumblr. Facebook, Myspace, Beebo and MSN are no longer enough.
This backs up the odd comments I got at school today from some random kids – “you’re not on twitter are you miss?”
I exchanged a few messages with her – and then she actually discovered who I was!
She described my presence as ‘awkward’ – naturally! I promptly bid my farewells and assured her that I would not ‘follow’ her on Twitter.
Have you checked out lately what your students are doing online?