Education For the Future
Today’s technology is changing at a pace that our social and cultural society cannot keep up with. As humans we are adaptive, flexible and tolerant beings living in a world run by machines that are fixed, rigid, and all about precision. The article I chose titled, “Old Communication, New Literacies: Social Network Sites as Social Learning Resources,” discusses how this technology is affecting and changing education and today’s literacy.
Social learning theories tell us that “meaningful learning involves simultaneously developing a social identity that shapes what people come to know, feel and do, and how they make sense of these experiences.” Today’s society, especially in regards to education, does not place enough emphasis on the digital literacies that are just as important, if not more so, as print-based literacies. The networks built, friendships made, and knowledge gained from social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are hypersocial in the sense that they are, in some aspects, more friendly, social, and intimate than face to face communication.