Understanding meaning making: Children are involved in a process of making meaning of their selves, their surroundings, their community, and their world. Educators have the power to shape the narrative within which this meaning making takes place.
– On Educating Children, Janusz Korczak
Everyday at Mosh is special, but yesterday was a little bit extra! Yesterday was Yom Meyuhad (Special Day), which is a day of unique programming centered around a specific theme or educational goal. This summer’s focus was social media and technology. We explored and questioned the role of technology in today’s society through creative activities and discussion.
The day started out with a round of social media themed stations. Chanichim acted out favorite YouTube videos, drew cool Instagrams, and played Twitter tag. #WhatCouldBeMoreFun?
As the afternoon progressed, we began thinking more critically about these social media forums. Why do we use social media? How does social media shape our generation? Are these technologies equally accessible to everyone?
Chanichim split up based on their own interests into groups to discuss some of these questions. Here are excerpts from a chug (interest group) focused on technology and the generation gap.
Generation Gap (written by Deborah Secular) Goals
- Think about how technology creates generation gaps
- Think about the ways adults talk about these generation gaps and whether we as youth accept the roles they put us in
- Think about the accessibility of technology for our generation, and what inequalities might mean in a future/present in which technological skills are expected of our generation
- Think about the ways technology companies stand to gain from changing generations of potential customers’ behavior
Step in step back (step forward if you agree with the statement, stay in place if you disagree)
- I sometimes feel that I am better able to use technology than my parents
- I sometimes feel that my parents expect me to be able to use technology better than they can
- I sometimes feel that my teachers expect me to be able to use technology better than I can
- I usually expect that my peers are as comfortable as I am using technology
- I think knowing how to use new technologies will be important for me in the future
- I feel I am part of a different generation than people born back when MySpace was popular
- I feel like technology is one of the defining things about my generation
- I feel like technology is one the uniting things about my generation
- I feel like technology is one of the dividing things about my generation
Read NYT article: “The Children of Cyberspace: Old Fogies by Their 20s” (read article here)
- In what ways are our generation’s technological advances different or same to past ones?
- How would the article be different if it was written from a youth perspective? How does his perspective shape how he talks about youth?
- What does the author assume about our generation’s access to technology? Are his assumptions accurate?
- Why does the author think corporations will be happy with younger generations’ lack of attention to their own privacy? What motives do technology companies have to change consumers’ behavior, and how does this contribute to the creation of generation gaps?
After thought provoking discussion, we headed to dinner and finally to a messibah (party) where we celebrated the close of a fun and educational day. Here are some fun photos from the “Instagram” photobooth station.