The State of Now

Jeff Pulver is a persona by Klout’s calculation.  With a whopping score of 83, a persona is defined as:

You have built a personal brand around your identity. There is a good chance that you work in social media or marketing but you might even be famous in real life. Being a persona is not just about having a ton of followers, to make it to the top right corner you need to engage with your audience. Make no mistake about it though, when you talk people listen.

I would encourage you to watch the interview with Robert McLin at the recent Gnomedex conference.  In it, Jeff explains his thoughts about “The State of Now”.  The focus is towards business, the Los Angeles 140Characters Conference, and the social web but those of us in education should be able to immediately hear and recognize the message.

Jeff talks about the evolving internet.  I really like his concept that the internet was in archival mode from 1993 until yesterday.  In education, we do a great job of archival.  Take a look at the old practices and materials that continue to live on.  Look at the dates and ages of the books.  Is all of this information accurate, contempory, and up to date?  My science friend Don always makes reference to Pluto when we talk about the difference between learning and simple fact recall.  Much to the chagrin of established librarians, we do have library swat teams that periodically purge the history that lives on the shelves in favour of more contemporary titles.

Jeff is quick to note that he’s not all about Twitter although it’s the current tool of choice.  He notes that, with the appropriate technology, the same information is available to everyone at the same time.  Where else in educational history have we been able to say that?  As Jeff notes later in the video, you can stick your head in the sand and maybe it will pass you by.

But, we must be aware that our students are not ignoring it.  They’re using this immediate information every day and in ways that we’d be foolish to think that we understand them all.

Recently, @danikabarker, a secondary school English teacher, posted this message to Twitter.

I would suggest that she’s absolutely correct in her approach.  I’d be more worried about parents that complain that the class is NOT using technology.
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2 thoughts on “The State of Now

  1. Interesting indeed. My evolution in business and as a parent converged this past 6-12 months. First facebook with family after a reunion. Second sitting with 12 year old trying to convince me to buy my son a cell phone so they can text him. (the phone is “obsolete” to this crew). Third wave linked in. Fourth wave Twitter. I find the realtime aspect of news finding me, content being shared, and the social right now aspect truly inspirational for innovation and bringing the world closer in conversation. Right now in history is an amazing time. My hope is that the people will rally for peace and innovation.


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