The following link will take you to a YouTube video which I feel is worth watching. On the one hand it’s an ad for a Nokia phone line, and on the other it’s a reminder of the power of emerging digital handheld devices.
It’s a brief, 2:22 minute pop-culture analysis of the history of screens.
The First Screen is the movie theater: big, bulky, utterly non-portable — but world-changing.
The Second Screen is the television: less bulky, but fixed in location, and set to turn us inward – to home and privacy, away from neighbors.
The Third Screen is the computer: interactive, connected to others and to virtual communities, but solitary and individual, and confined to a desk.
The Fourth Screen is the computer-cellphone or laptop: interactive, portable, joined to virtual communities and yet portable into the real world to connect with real people face-to-face.
These tools are here. They’re present now. The question is, how are we as teachers going to live up to the challenge, the potential, and opportunity of having children as students who carry the Library of Alexandria in their pockets?
(As I watch this, this video has been viewed 15,096 times. I bet we could meme-shop it to a million in under a week.)