“The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.” – John Naisbitt
A thousand years ago, books were accessible to a select few who were part of the top social and economic class, often one ethnicity, and profession. As technology develops so does access and now our learners are so blessed to be able to access knowledge from scientists, astronauts, producers, artists, Ted speakers, CEOs, fashion designers, musicians, and any expert in any profession by just carrying a connected digital device in their pockets. Wow!
Sadly, our students do not feel their privilege or byte size potential. Not only do they have access but they have the power of reach. They can influence millions by making Youtube videos, spreading memes, blogging, microblogging, creating Vines, and sharing on social networks. Many children and teens have already become popular this way. Look at Justin Bieber, Nash Grier, and Kid President.
How do we get them to take on their byte size potential and make each digital message and action matter? Currently, I’m working on a book, Byte-Sized Potential: Can We Make Compassion and Citizenship Go Viral. It will consists of student learning missions that get them doing small acts related to taking responsibility of what goes viral on the web and also how to establish values, preserve traditions, and provide a standard. It gets them to develop the world they want to live in and reflect on the consequences of not choosing to take on the missions. They are small, achievable with great impact. Each also will have a badge. In the meantime, check out the resources below to get an understanding of my research.
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