Tuesday, October 6, 2009
In the article “Footprints In The Digital Age” by Will Richardson explains how the “...new Web 2.0” is being used for things other than education, such as MySpace and Facebook. An example that he gives in this article is how kids are teaching themselves how to use technology for social networking, games, etc. He says “Many 7- and 8-year-olds are busy exploring Club Penguin and Webkinz with other 7- and 8-year-olds...middle schoolers are connecting with global warriors in World of Warcraft....adolescents preen themselves in front of their “friends” on MySpace and Facebook.” In other words people across the world are more interested in playing games or chatting on the internet with their “friends” than educating themselves with the technology that is provided for them. This article relates to Mr. Fische's video “Did You Know?” because he talks about the use of technology for connecting with others around the world and very little about people educating themselves. Mr. Fisch says “...if Facebook was its own country, it would be the fifth largest country in the world.” People need to realize the opportunities that others may not have that are lying right in front of them.