I rest my case. There is no way you can know everything about technology nor what is currently interesting your students because we have technology. I was on YouTube looking for something about team quizzes and somehow , by YouTube magic, I ended up seeing a video about fingerboarding: miniature skateboard competitions, videos, montages. You name it and these young people were exploring the world of little skateboards and what tricks they could do with them. They were also videoing them and sharing them. One thing I noticed straight away was that these young people were using mice , keyboards and monitors. The next generation is making its mark in its own way. The other thing I noticed was that it wasn’t brand new equipment. Tech Deck is one of the companies which makes the trick tape so adolescents can do these tricks with their miniature skateboards. So there is a whole technology thing going on which seems to involve mainly boys and I don’t even know about it. We are constantly worrying students are spending too much time on a computer but these students are mixing their real life interests with hands on skills, imagination and then some interesting videos.
This generation of students are blending the real and virtual worlds to further their real world and they are not about gadgets . They are about dedication, trial and error, commitment, collaboration and sharing . Fingerboarding is building online and offline communities which work together and have a common interest. It’s not what I have been thinking technology is because it is away from tablets and phones. It means adults and the community at large have made some intelligent changes with regard to young people and technology. They are back into discovery learning and sociable activities. Now I am going to find out if any of my students do this.