Fashion provides millions of jobs and boosts other industries from IT to tourism. New taskforces and job requirements continuously emerge in a professional world increasingly driven by social media. Tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Google and Yahoo are capitalizing on the digital zeitgeist by bringing to life street trends and runway looks people are musing about online. Whoever can get the right word out the fastest, gets to cash in on it. The price is real and the race is on.
What exactly is a "digital native" and more importantly, what should we non-"digital native" educators do to help students manage their online identities? That's a question Youth Radio--an Oakland-based, youth-driven media production company--set out to answer, by developing curriculum resources that prepare teachers to nurture conscious youth in the digital world.
I see technology as I would a developing person who is transitioning from adolescence into adulthood. Much like a person's early life, these first 20 years have been filled with rapid development, exuberance, awkwardness, impulsivity, excess, impatience, a lack of wisdom and perspective, and missteps.