I love the “Did You Know” videos that talk about how quickly the world is both expanding and shrinking through knowledge, population, and technology. It’s scary and intriguing at the same time. How is the world moving so incredibly fast?
The brand new high school where I teach is one-to-one computing (every student has their own Chromebook), each teacher has both a desktop and a Chromebook, there are several Mac labs (I have a mini lab for yearbook and newspaper production) and a multitude of other technological resources. It’s ridonkulously high tech (And, no, we’re not a “rich” district. Instead, our school board and superintendent have made technology a major priority so that’s where the money’s spent.).
Most of my students are well-versed in how to skirt our district’s firewalls; spend hours on Google Chat, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook (though many claim FB is for “old people”, they’re still all over it); and think nothing of illegally downloading anything they want to use including music, movies and books. It’s a very different world than the one I grew up in.
Tawna Fenske (hilarious contemporary romance author with a quite risque and kick-ass blog) tweeted yesterday about this Social Media Revolution video and how fascinating it was so, of course, I had to watch it. It’s done in the same way as the Did You Know videos and, as part of the social media world ourselves, I’ve just got to share it with you:
It scares me. And thrills me. And makes me think. We are indeed living in exponential times.