News from Palabea and How to prepare Kids for Tomorrow

OK, let’s go ahead and train the old blogging muscle, shall we? For the last couple of weeks I have been down in the engine room and up on the commando bridge figuring out the route for 2012. That’s why you did not hear or see that much of me lately, but there has been the successful re-launch of review:ed which I’m co-hosting with Christopher Dawson regularly once a week now. This Friday Chris and I will meet for the 10th time, already, and I really love this fixed point in my calendar. It’s always a pleasure to do the show with him and our guests.

But that’s not the (main) topic of this post.

This post is about getting back into the daily blogging business. I really missed that, so here we go again. I feel a bit rusty, kind of a marathon runner who added a couple of extra pounds over the holiday season. It kind of hurts at the beginning, but I’ll get over the hill eventually :).

What I’ll try to do is to comment on stories I come across in my daily reading routine and that I find interesting enough to 1) think about it and 2) share my thoughts with you. Though these topics will most likely be education related, I might throw in thoughts on social media, society, culture and other stuff that are interesting to me (and hopefully you).

That introduction is a blog post in itself already, yay!

First item: Yesterday, I received an email from Palabea in which they announce their long awaited (at least I did wait) relaunch of the platform. Members of the old community are invited to join the new Palabea in the early beta phase. Signups are open from March 14.

As this has been one of my predictions for the first half of 2012 I can scrape this one of my list. Sure, we don’t know if this is going to be a success and if a concept from 2007 is still relevant in 2012 but I am looking forward to give the new Palabea a spin on March 14.

Second item: A study by Pew “Future of the Internet V” about the hyperconnected world we are facing in 2020 and if that is a bad or good thing.

Though I myself find thought experiments on how the near future will look like fascinating (you did notice that, right?) I am not a big fan of focusing too much on the technology part when it comes to education and parenthood. Tech changes every couple of weeks and none of us can predict what impact the introduction of one single device will have on society.

I already wrote about the “Twitter device” Jason Calacanis talked about in an old interview with Evan Williams just months before the launch of the first iPhone. Think about the different applications, services and use cases the introduction of this device sparked not even 5 years ago. And then think about the iPad. You can be pretty sure that we will see a similar device that will shift and shape society in the next five years. And then another one, and another one, and so on.

Hence to predict what the technology landscape will look like 10 years from now is a very complicated task. What if those Google Goggles really take off and all information you need is always directly on your eyeball?

Anyway, my point is that in order to prepare children for the future you need to teach them other skills than using computers, learning how to code or how to use the new Facebook timeline as a resumé. Those things are important, of course, but the real struggle will be keeping up with the changes in society.

Teach children how to be world citizens, be open for an ever changing word with new things and situations you need to adapt to. If children are still taught to think local and that the country they live in is the center of the universe they will have big problems to pack their bags and move to the place where there is work for them.

I see this phenomenon in my own family in which I am the “black sheep” that packed her bags and moved away whereas my family is still living in the couple of square miles they have been born, went to school, found their job founded their families. That is not very likely to work anymore ten years from now.

I think, I will post another article on that matter over at Disrupt Education this Sunday, so stay tuned for that. Otherwise I’ll leave you with some words from Black Sabbath until tomorrow.

So you children of the world, listen to what I say.

If you want a better place to live in, spread the word today.

Show the world that love is still the life you must embrace.

Or you children of today are Children of the Grave. Yeah!

Picture: By Benjamin J. Falk (1853-1925) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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    • KirstenWinkler

      To what? Palabea, raising your children or Ozzie? 😉

  • Anonymous

    On seeing so much news from you! 

    • KirstenWinkler

      Thanks, feels good to be back to blogging :)