I left class last night unsure of what I expected of the class. For myself I have worked previously with in a small blogging community and am not as interested as I was previously. I find myself more and more interested in the interactions in more well established communities such as reddit (which is really gaining its stride lately), New Grounds and maybe even as far as Eve Online.
The reason why I find these communities so interesting and relevant to how I need to approach my students in terms of social media is that this is where our students are coming from. Instead of fledgling formal blogging groups we have students who are in communities that have been around as long as they have been using the computer. Each one has all of the characteristics that Dr. Schwier mentioned in his talk last night. I often wonder if we as educators will be able to create a “community” that is dynamic enough for the students to interact with us at an authentic level.
There are a couple instances where this thought sticks out for me.
1. I’m starting a Video Gaming club at my high school and have been playing games with students over the lunch hour. I saw a student watching the game going on and asked if he wanted to join all he said was, “No if I wanted to play this game I’d just do it at home”. Imposing any context that limited his experience was met with rejection because as educators we need to work at trust before we will have any sort of meaningful interaction.
2. The other example that I thought of was a quote I heard in the preview for the movie everything by everyone where a pod caster makes the comment, “On the internet I have all of the choices in the world, I have millions of choices. So if you want to get my time and attention you need to create something that I actually care about like something that I’m passionate about. So the whole world of media is moving from good enough to great. That’s the central shift, and if its not great then you’re out of luck because there are too many people out there making stuff.
I hope that the things that I put together for my students border on great but anything less will be met with apathy because unfortunately once the novelty wears off people are going to move on to something else.