Let’s face the facts, the days of searching for information in an encyclopedia are long gone. To be completely honest, I firmly believe if you were to give a teenager an assignment to locate information in an encyclopedia they wouldn’t even know how to do it.
Computers and the internet have completely changed the way we look for information and social media is going to play an even larger role when it comes to education shortly.
With the world tweeting, Digging, Tumbling, and writing on walls, it’s only a matter of time before a high school teacher or college professor decides to add his/her Twitter address on their syllabus so the students can get a hold of them (that is if they don’t want emails to flood their inbox), creates a class forum for required discussion sessions (which is already happening with Springboard), or gives live video review sessions via Justin.tv or Ustream.
That’s not all, think about how easily students can obtain information using Digg, Reddit, or StumbleUpon.
I’ll give you a scenario: Continue reading