Connected schools, the generation gap, and distraction
Big themes that we want to cover include:
- Generation Google
- Viral Culture
- Friendship and social connections online and in the real world
- Whether our brains are being re-wired
- Distraction & Multi-tasking
- Collaborative Intelligence
People who say interesting things about these themes include:
- Duncan Watts
- Robin Dunbar
- Sherry Turkle
- Baroness Susan Greenfield
- Jonah Peretti
- Steven Johnson
- Bill Wasik
- Nick Carr
- David Nicholas
- Maggie Jackson
Dan Biddle mentioned in last week's round up that we are looking for examples of how the web is helping children make connections to other children in countries very different to their own.
Do you know of a school that has become virtually connected? I'd like to film a dialogue, ideally between 10-12 years olds (though they could be a bit older) from a non-UK (preferably Asian) country communicating with UK kids of the same age. It has to be a project that has been ongoing for long enough that the children have some relationship already. As readers of the last blog post will know, I've been thinking about South Korea as a good country to film in for a variety of reasons - but I am open to other suggestions.
Mind the Generation Gap
Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web twenty years ago. Now the children who were born around then (including Sir Tim's own!) are becoming adults; the first generation of real web natives. Never again will there be such a divide between those who have grown up with this new technology and those who haven't. We are looking for a 'Generation Web' family: parents who really feel there is a chasm between their world and the world of their kids. Anecdotally we've also heard that there are web-generation gaps between siblings; they are not just Generation Net, but sub-divided they include Generation YouTube, Generation Facebook and Generation Bebo. If you are such a family or know of a family just like this, please do let us know.
Distracted by Distraction
It's often been said that the greatest casualty of our mobile age is our attention. I know that I'm endlessly distracted by emails, text messages, phone calls, status updates - but what I'm looking for are real examples of someone's distraction changing the world in a significant way.
Earlier this year, it is alleged that because the majority leader of the New York Senate was distracted by a blackberry, his action was then responsible for the power balance in the New York Senate to switch from the Democrats to the Republicans.
Are there any other stories like this out there? Or even video clips - such as the moment when the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi delayed greeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a NATO summit because he was on his mobile.