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.


1)Greenhow, C. and Robelia, B. (2009), Old Communication, New Literacies: Social Network Sites as Social Learning Resources. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 14: 1130–1161. doi: 10.1111/j.1083-6101.2009.01484.x

Posted on July 13, 2011, in Discussion Leader. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Emily, I thought you did an excellent job with your presentation. I thought that the fact there was a variety of different economic classes on social networks was very interesting.

    As we discussed in are group discussion I found it interesting education still has not adapted some sort of class teaching new technology in k-12. I found it interesting that people that had dropped out of high school do so well on social media and that they are so involved.

    I was just wondering if there were any specific suggestions you had for integration of new classes, teaching new technology in k-12?

  2. So in our discussion part, we discussed is our way of teaching our children right or not. A lot of the young kids started having all different kind of new technology which we are not familiar with, a 12 year old knows facebook more than we do. I don’t think for the young kids to get touch with the technology world is good. They can learn but they can also destroy themselves through technology. For parents, this is a hard situation. Parents do not want their kids know nothing about technology, at the same time, they need to stop their children from addicted to all those high-tech. It is always hard to find the balance.

  3. I agree that social networking and the internet is changing our education. Educators seem to be stuck in old ways, and society is passing them up quickly. The internet almost seems like the great equalizer. We don’t have to be the most well off to have access to information, like the old days. I agree that social Network sites have the most impact for people of a lower socio-economic class because it allows them access to many things they would be otherwise unable to afford.

  4. Interesting resource. I’m in agreement with those who think that education as it stands today isn’t necessarily broken, but outdated and incompatible with the self-education that people find through social networks. As I mentioned during discussion, there’s no longer a need to be a silo of facts, but definitely a need to educate people how to correctly search for, asses and share information.

  5. I think that it is difficult to really consider whether or not more of an emphasis should be made on “digital literacy”. I think a majority of older generations, those who are not so tech-savvy, would agree that the education of younger generations should not be focused around technology or becoming “tech-savvy”. However, as technology becomes more common and advanced, it could be a disadvantage to those who are not comfortable with, or even very familiar with, technology. The lack of knowledge could potentially hinder their opportunities with work, school, etc. I believe you previously mentioned that an abundance of technology based knowledge is “socially learned”, which I completely agree with. I think that it is important to learn the basics of technology, but that should not be the focal point of education.

  6. I was at one of your presentations and we discussed some interesting topics about social networks and how they affect education. I agree with the problem posed in your presentation about not having enough emphasis put on new technological forms of communication during the education process. Things are a lot different for children and teens now then it was when I was growing up when it comes to technological advancements and social networks. Myspace wasn’t really popular until I was out of high school so i never got to experience social networks like kids do today. The internet was definitely around but I definitely didn’t use it for studying like I do today. A fellow classmate also brought up a valid point in that the memorization that we went and continue to go through has become almost pointless because of the availability of information today. I think we should be more focused on navigating and finding information rather than memorizing certain things. Obviously doctors need to do quite a bit of memorizing, but it isn’t essential to the learning experience of the youth today.

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