63 Things I Should Probably Know In A Digital World…But Don’t

Yes, 63 is a very large number. I came across a blog post by TeachThought for the first time on my Feedly account, and then again on Twitter a couple days later. So I thought I should maybe check it out in case it continued to pop up over and over again and haunt me for the rest of my life. That may be a bit dramatic, but I don’t like to take those kinds of chances.

This blog post talks about how even though our fundamental human needs have not changed in the last hundreds of years, but that our world is changing and there are things that are vital for students to know. As I was reading, I also realized how many things I myself should know that I don’t. How can I teach my students how to be effective and respected digital citizens if I myself am not? Here are a couple things from the blog post that I personally think are SO vital for students to begin to know:

  1. Distinguish fact from opinion, and know the importance of each
  2. How to think critically—and carefully–about information
  3. Knowing the difference between who’s listening, who’s responding, who’s lurking, who cares, who doesn’t care, etc.
  4. The difference between someone knowledgeable, someone experienced, and someone adept
  5. A 140 character comment may not fully capture the nuance of a person’s stance or understanding of a topic. Don’t assume

Those were only 5 out of 63 things students should know! I would encourage you to head over and take a look through them as there are some things that I would never had thought of before. For example:

  1. What to share with one person, one group, one community, and one planet. (And the difference in permanence and scale between a social message, email, threaded conversation, and text.)
  2. How to effectively use technology in ways that might contradict their original purpose or design
  3. When it is socially-acceptable to check messages, update statuses, check scores, and so on. (Just because everyone at the table is doing it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have significant consequences.)
  4. Structure–essay level, blog post level, paragraph level, sentence level, world level, and acronym and initialism level–changes depending on where you publish

It’s not even that I have never thought of these things, but I have never thought of these in a classroom setting. I know these are all important things for myself, as a 4th year university student, but also what the implications are for students in the classroom with technology playing such a huge role in everyone’s lives. I’ve only scratched the surface of what this article has to offer, and I would love if you would head over and read it and let me know what things you think are most important, or what you hadn’t even thought important until now!

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2 thoughts on “63 Things I Should Probably Know In A Digital World…But Don’t

  1. Great read! You also made some really good points, and I agree that these are things that we know, but don’t often think of in the context of a classroom or with students. 31 is a great one, sometimes i catch myself on this haha. Curiosity is tough to keep in 😉

  2. Awesome post! I cold relate to many of these! I think it’s important as educators that we re-visit this list at least once a year to remind ourselves about these points!

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