Davis is discussing current internet usage based on data from the PEW foundation.
PEW - Internet & American LifeResearch on how Americans are using the internet.
Parent & Teen Use in PEW
How do adults "social network?" vs. the way students social network via. MySpace & Facebook
Educators are using Tinkertoys - little tools to help us do our job.
As "adults" (or non-myspacers) we are putting together several tools to facilitate our learning. I embody this idea in my use of Blogger, Twitter, del.icio.us, Google Reader, etc. But I struggle with the idea of 1) Presenting all these tools to my teachers and 2)Should we be using Facebook - since that is where our students live - or will a separate social network work (like a nin). I also worry that throwing too many options - and not scaffolding correctly will bring everything down to the ground.
I really, REALLY want to get a College of Ed Social network of the ground, but how do you get people to come? MySpace in particular has the most horrid webdesign usage- it breaks every usability rule - yet people love it, because of the people. Can we design a great interface and get people to use it? I don't know...
David did mention a new book - that I think I need to read.
Small Things loosely Joined - book on Web 2.0