Blogging In The Classroom

As much as we’d like to think we’re on the cutting edge of tech, it’s the next generation that will have the greatest impact on technology. To the teenage crowd, we’re old school now.

Educators already know how far behind they are, and they’re trying to change that.

From the Chicago Tribune;

As increasingly tech-savvy teachers enter the workplace, observers believe it’s only a matter of time before educators routinely post grades online or turn to blogs and podcasting as teaching tools.

Unfortunately, and from the same article, the writer felt it necessary to explain what a ‘blog’ was.

but many teachers and administrators only recently began experimenting with their own blogs, a term derived from “Web logs.”

Teenagers don’t need any explanation, and from what I’ve seen, they have a much better grasp on the technology than the majority of the people teaching them.

What we consider cutting edge, or part of the Web 2.0 boom, they consider passé, and that includes sites like Myspace and Digg. We might be the wired generation, but they are the wireless generation, and sitting in front of a PC just doesn’t appeal to them much. Nor does voting on blog articles, news items or tagging someone else’s content. It was just today that I heard one of my daughter’s friends say, “Web 2.0, dude, who cares, where’s Phone 2.0? The web is for old people and losers”.


  1. try posting that last comment on threadwatch :D

  2. DG

    I thought about doing just that. ; ) I suppose that attitude really shouldn’t be so surprising, at a certain age, oh, say thirteen, anything that ‘grown-ups’ like becomes anathema to teens. If it is mainstream, you can pretty much bet that the teens have moved on to something else.

    Really shouldn’t come as a surprise either that wireless technology has enabled a more mobile generation. The PC has become something teens use when they are stuck at home and bored.

  3. Well you really got some interesting discussion going on over there.

    But there’s another interesting aspect that some of those over there don’t seem to consider. Toni and I almost suffer withdrawal when we can’t get on the Web – we only have to have a storm-induced blackout for a couple of hours and we’re getting twitchy.

    Yet two of our kids who work online – a web designer and systems admin – hardly ever turn their computers on when they’re away from work. The web designer was always online or playing computer games when he was a basic grunt and off-duty but since the Army re-skilled him he hardly touches the computer when he’s at home.

    The systems admin moved house recently – she hasn’t even bothered getting a phone line connected to the new house so she’s not going online from home at all at the moment.

    We seem to consider that people are online all the time because we are yet that doesn’t seem to be the norm and some surveys of online shopping trends seem to support that. People might shop and surf a bit when they’re at work but when they go home they do other things.

    It seems to me that SEO/SEM people really need to be looking at the world through the eyes for those people they’re trying to sell to – yet they don’t seem to have much of a clue about them at the moment.

  4. DG

    I go a little nuts when my connection is down, and I live in a rural area and the power goes out more than I would like. My battery backup allows for about an hour of time before it shuts the PCs down. If I’m in the house, unless it’s on a weekend, I’m online.

    I’d like to have larger sample groups to speak with, and I’m working on it, because I think it is important to actually talk to teens and boomers if you want to market to them. When I see reports that say for example, 62% of teens have a Myspace account I’m skeptical. Not that 62% of teens created an account, but that 62% of them have active accounts. I can read reports all day long, but that’s no substitute for conversation.

  5. It seems that no matter what age I am in, 13 year olds call me a loser for playing with computers (or the internet) :)

  6. DG

    Something about being 13 that convinces anyone at they age that they are ‘cool’. And anyone that has seen pictures of anyone aged 13, knows that it’s impossible to be cool at 13.

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