Living in Exponential Times

Posted 30 November, 2012 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 9 Comments

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.

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9 Responses to “Living in Exponential Times”

  1. Holy crap. Its strange because I use social media all day to promote my content as well as that of those hosting tour stops but its like I haven’t really thought about it that much or something. This video definitely made me think.
    And your school sounds like something from the future but wait… this IS the future. When I think of school I think of how it was 12 years ago. We had one computer room with like 20 computers and they were GINORMOUS. And there was no Internet on them at all. Yes. This is CRAZY.

  2. Holy Shit this video gave me the chills!!!!
    Of course I’m all over those social media sites but somehow seeing it like this makes it a little scary. Although I have to say I have also reached out already to students via Facebook when I needed to make an announcement.

  3. Social media and tech is everything…and yes I do hear claims that FB is over but still everyone is there. And what would the new thing be? Some say google+ (bleh is sucks).

    And think that when I was in high school I did not even have a computer…ok that makes me sound old. But we were just poor

  4. Mary, that video is AMAZING. (And in being true to the times, I’m sharing it with Facebook and Twitter.) I’ve been considering branching my business out into social media management and YES. This video makes me realize I really should.

  5. Wow. That is CRAZY! I’ve never really stopped to think about all the implications of social media and businesses/job hiring because I’ve been out of that loop for a while working from home, but it’s insane. It just boggles my mind how much information about people is just out there floating around, mostly because they’ve posted it themselves, and how much reach a business can have simply by utilizing Facebook and Twitter. Amazing:)

  6. It’s exciting & challenging, especially for us educators. I tried to use twitter with my students 5 years ago as a means to remind them of assignments and tests and give review nuggets. They were resistant then, but now I hear them talking twitter all the time.

    It is hard to shift pedagogy, to use it effectively, still cover your testable content & account for the amount of kids that don’t have access.