reflect on the new culture of participation as described by Alec and by Wesch - what does this mean for your future classroom? What does it mean for schools in general?
Our society has changed dramatically since the time that Wesch posted his video on youtube "An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube" nine years ago. Our society is a lot more advanced now and is much more engaged with technology. Nine years does not seem like a lot of time. In all honesty it is quite small compared to other things and how long it took for other advancements in other fields.
For an example if you look at this chart which is provided from PewInternet you can see the significant increase in cellphones as well as smart phones from 2008 to 2016. 77% of people had a cellphone at the start of 2008 compared to 2016 where 95% of people now own a cellphone and 77% of those phones are smartphones. It is evident that this trend is going to increase not only with cellphones but a lot of other technologies that are being created. With the vast majority of students going to have access to some form of technology it is important that we adapt and incorporate technology into the classroom. We are moving away from the pen and paper way of doing things in the classroom. We need to provide tools for the class to be engaged and that complies with things that they already do outside of school which is using technology. As teachers we have so many options on how to incorporate technology into the classroom. By using things like Socrative or Kahoot! to help engage the students. Even using twitter to communicate with parents or to show them the progress that their sons/daughters are making in the classroom. This technology age is upon us and we need to adapt to it by actually using it in the classroom.