In watching the Socialnomics video by Erik Qualman, the incredible statistics produced regarding social media’s impact across the world was absolutely astounding. Learning that children were named after social media websites, that 1 in 5 people meet online, and that more children now learn from iPads than traditional teaching methods was really profound.
I could personally relate the the statistics regarding younger generations and classroom settings. My youngest son attends a school that’s entire focus is on technology. While attending “Meet the Teacher” night last week my son’s teachers discussed how important the technological focus has been for the children. iPads were replacing many of the traditional paper exercises they are performing, Smart boards have replaced all of the traditional chalk boards, and more interactive activities using technology are taking over written forms of teaching.
The teachers in this particular school are incorporating programs such as Google Maps to give students interactive tours of not only current geographical locations, but also to tour ruins and other points of interest from history. Another activity many teachers are incorporating is the use of children safe blogs that give younger users additional security while teaching them about emerging new media forms. One of the blogging sites that many teachers are cuurently incorporating into their curriculum is Glogster http://glogsteredu.edu.glogster.com/.
In addition to iPads, Smart boards are another form of technology being used within many elementary schools including my son’s. Teachers use classroom exercises and curriculum to encourage children to become more involved in the education and learning process. Many of the teachers within my son’s school proclaim not only are children catching on to these forms of technology quickly they are surpassing those who are teaching it to them.
Will the next generation name all their children after Facebook, Twitter, or Macs is yet to be seen. One thing that is certain is that social media, and its impact on the world is unlikely to do anything but evolve in the future.