As I read through the blogs, I looked at comments that people made. This lead me to other blogs and other articles on the same or similar topics. While visiting David Warlick's blog, Christian commented that students need "programs that foster an ability to see patterns when things seemingly do not connect. Knowing where to find resources to help one makes sense of patterns forming…and knowing how to make ‘tangible’ what needs to come next." I believe that this is exactly what 21st Century citizens need to do. What role do we, as educators, take in helping to develop these types of skills in our students and make them good citizens?
So I continued to follow the links that presented themselves in the blogs that I visited and the comments they contained. This was a somewhat refreshing approach. I came across many different resources including podcast and videos. This was leading me in an interesting direction. I was mesmerized as I followed this path. I noticed that this was all one big conversation, a type of collaborative project. This is something that the 21st Century Citizen needs to know and be able to do. Is this what they mean by a social network?
Hey wait a minute am I being influenced here or am I really getting some concrete facts. Yes this information was mostly based on opinion, but how can you base the future on facts, especially when the future will look totally different. Then I came across a blog post, Should an 18 Year Old Really Know What They’re Going to Do For the Rest of Their Life? How can anyone know what they're going to do the rest of their life when the world is changing so fast? We must "design 'schools as center of community', partnerships, new ideas re: learning styles & brain science, 'green' design, 'flex-spaces', emerging technologies, customizing learning opportunities for tomorrow's 'digital natives', etc." (http://thinklab.typepad.com/think_lab/2008/03/where-do-we-go.html) As our students graduate and become citizens, their paths will be uncertain. But if they develop skills and values, our students will be good citizens and help to develop good society.
What do you think the future holds for the School 2.0, Student 2.0, Graduate 2.0? Is there any hope for a Society 2.0? What do you think?