First, take a minute to look at this infographic:
I think this is similar to what many people in the edtechosphere have seen. There have been a lot of comments in the past year about the “death of blogging.” While I think this is taking it too far, the fact is true that we have seen a fall in the number of people who see blogging as their first or most important space for connecting with others. We have seen that move to twitter (mostly).
Don’t get me wrong, I love twitter. It is a source of always on connection that lets me feel I can connect with others around the world easily and quickly. I feel like part of a community. But that is also it’s problem. As with almost anything else, from food to learning, anything that happens “easily and quickly” needs to be circumspect. “Easy and quick,” if we are talking about food would bring me to McDonalds. “Easy and quick” if we are talking about relationships; well that isn’t good either. Twitter as a platform lets us connect with others and link to new ideas; but it really does not work effectively as a space that moves our thinking forward. 140 characters is just simply not enough to explore and idea and flesh something out.
The same thoughts need to come around to our students and their use of technology. When students move into microblogging platforms and formats, does that move their learning possibilities into sound bites as well? It gives them a way to connect, but not to dig deeply, think and explore. If this is the pattern of emerging technology usage, what are the effects and consequences of this?