Featuring Decade2 Video

2010 September 6
by Grace Boyle

Recently, I was asked to participate in a video mini-documentary on digital literary, by George Haines called Decade2.

I hadn’t participated in something quite like this, so you know me, always down, I said yes.

George asked a diverse group of Generation Y-ers questions which we each filmed and spoke to on: who we are, day-to-day use of social media, what does the phrase “digital literacy” mean to you and do you feel it is more important than it was 20 years ago?

I sat down one evening, contemplated the topic that consumes my life, a large part of my relationships and my job and began to speak…

Getting the low down from George:

I was curious about George’s specific vision, so he provided me with some of his thoughts.

The opening quote in the documentary from William Gibson states, “The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed,” likely, a key inspiration and vision he had for the mini-documentary.

George said, In this context, “the future” is a combination of the behaviors and attitudes of Generation-Y. I think the changes we have seen over the last 10-15 years are the most dramatic in at least the last 50 years and teachers are sort of ignoring them.

While I certainly have a point of view about social media and technology, the main goal in making “Decade2″ was to start a conversation.

The next step is to use this when I train faculties and see if I can recreate that success. I work with K-12 teachers around the country and I would like to start working with some faculties on the higher-ed level too.

I don’t know if you ever read DIY-U by Anya Kamenetz, but makes a strong case for the increasing irrelevancy of higher ed institutions. For what you get out of a college degree compared to what you spend and borrow, it is hard to justify the expense. I think our higher ed institutions could be the “canary in the mine-shaft” for education and that worries me.

I can see a future where formal education loses its relevance and I don’t think that is a good thing. I think teachers at all levels need to adapt their methods to try to re-engage the “post-internet” generations they are teaching. To me, the words “learning” and “retention” are the same thing. If we as teachers want our students to retain knowledge that leads to a deeper understanding of the world, we need to make education memorable. When students are disengaged and apathetic, we are failing to help them cultivate that deeper understanding and that is a shame.

You can watch the video here. I suggest you kick back and have a glass of wine to watch this and really watch the whole thing – it’s great and really interesting with the varied perspectives.

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  • http://www.solitarypanda.com Janet

    that sounds like a cool project! and i like william gibson too; if that's who I'm thinking of (the sci-fi author).

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    It is a cool project. I had never really thought about digital literacy, but after thinking about it I realized it is everywhere and part of our daily lives. It was fun to film and be part of.