I've recently been thinking about communication messages and how they've changed. My husband, even though quite young, is fairly old-school when it comes to certain things and gets nostalgic for things going away. He'll say he's going to start writing people letters instead of texting them. I have yet to see him write a letter, but as a someone who still has a small record collection, I feel his pain. But vinyl is making a come back right?
I have been thinking about several communication lanes that have changed as a result of technological advances:
Google Calendars for Planners - Are schools still handing out planners? Should they be spending the money on this? When I started teaching, we were supposed to teach our 8th graders how to use their planners to stay organized, to help them be organized for high school. But in today's world of phone notifications, is the paper reminder still relevant?
Blogs for Diaries - I am a diary writer from way back when I had a Peanuts Lucy diary with a lock and key on it. Blogs can be a great place to put out your thoughts, ideas, and even add more to them like photos and live videos to help make those thoughts come alive. Blogs can be private or password protected. Blogs can public and can help people dealing with different situations. I will OFTEN click on a Pinterest entry and it's a blog post from someone that I hope to learn something from. As I am pregnant, I've been reading different mom blogs to help me prepare myself for the motherhood journey. Where would I be if everyone still had a diary with a key hidden under their desk drawer?
Paper Portfolios for e-portfolios - I was part of a pilot group of teachers in my 2nd year of teaching who was "trained" how to create an electronic portfolio that would be saved on a flash drive to replace the large binder of teaching artifacts to be handed in as evidence to get your professional teaching license. Simply by using hyperlinks, connections were made and trees were saved. Now, electronic portfolios are advancing through different programs like SeeSaw that simplify the process and allow videos to be recorded and audio comments left behind to make the portfolio a "living" path of learning.
I think the overall question does need to be asked, "What happens when traditional communication is preserved?" Is it better to be connected or unconnected?