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Pew Internet Research recently published a study on the future of social networking.  The study was based on a survey of technology experts over how users of social-networking tools plan to use their favorite services 10 years from now. The Pew study indicates that Millennials are using social networking tools now and will likely continue to do so for the next 10 years,

According to the Pew study, 67 percent of respondents believe that those born in the 1980s and 1990s will be “ambient broadcasters” on social networks in 2020. They will continue to “disclose a great deal of personal information, in order to stay connected, and take advantage of social, economic, and political opportunities.” Only 29 percent of respondents said that by 2020, Generation Y will have “grown out” of social networks, finding other interests to entertain themselves.

Most of those surveyed noted that the disclosure of personal information online carries many social benefits as people open up to others in order to build friendships, form and find communities, seek help, and build their reputations. They said digital natives have already seen the benefits and will not reduce their use of these social tools over the next decade as they take on more responsibilities while growing older.

A key component in the value of social networks to Millennials is that they see a significant social benefit in being on sites like Facebook or Twitter. According to the surveyed technology experts, they view it as an avenue to help them “build friendships, form and find communities, seek help, and build their reputations.” Generation Y will continue to see those benefits through 2020.  However, there is more to it than relationships. Millennials are far more willing to offer up information than previous generations because “new social norms that reward disclosure are already in place among the young.” They will carry that with them into adulthood.

On the other hand, those who disagree with the important role social networks will play in the roles of Millennials say life will get in the way of social-networking activities. Dissenting experts contented that Generation Y “will not have as much time in the future to devote to popular activities such as frequently posting to the world at large on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook about the nitty-gritty of their lives.”

In either case, it will be interesting to see how Millennials respond to social networks as they grow older, as well as how Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube will evolve.  I suppose time will tell.

The Pew Report is available online at:  http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Future-of-Millennials/Overview.aspx?r=1

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The Web has entered a new era of sophistication.  The Web 2.0 applications hold profound potentials in education because of their open nature, ease of use and support for effective collaboration and communication. They change the traditional view of human knowledge and open up more opportunities in teaching and learning.  Librarians and teachers can use Web 2.0 tools attract students’ attention and enhance their learning experiences.

I just came back from the Mississippi Library Association Annual Conference in Natchez, Mississippi.  My wife, a librarian at William Carey University, and I gave a presentation Using Web 2.0 in Your Library at the conference.  We thought our presentation went very well.   The presentation discussed digital native learners and the advent of Web 2.0 technologies.  In addition, it discussed how librarians and teachers can use Web 2.0 applications to empower learners and creating exciting new learning opportunities.

Below is our presentation.  We welcome your comments and suggestions.

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I just returned from attending the Creating Futures Technology Conference (CFTTC) in Biloxi, Mississippi.  The CFTTC is Mississippi’s only statewide technology conference and trade show for post-secondary education.  The first CFTTC was held in 1997 and was sponsored by the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) and the State Board for Community and Junior Colleges (SBCJC).  This was my fifth time to present at the CFTTC.  I have always enjoyed the opportunity of sharing my ideas and thoughts on the use of technology to help Mississippi students learn with colleagues at other colleges and universities in Mississippi.  For the past two days, I made three presentations at the CFTTC and thought they went well.  Here are my slideshows.  Hopefully, they are helpful for those who were unable to attend the CFTTC this year.

Presentation 1

Teaching and Learning with the Digital Natives


Presentation 2

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Podcasting Pilot Project




Presentation 3

Open Source in Higher Education



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