Do you ever wish you could amaze the digital kids in your life with statistics or fun facts about the connected world? Would you like to explain a few things – in simple terms – about the extreme size of the connected world? Well, now you can.
If you enjoy talking about really big numbers, take a few minutes to check out some Internet statistics over at the live stats site. A counter keeps track of the growing number of users, increasing second-by-second. Additional charts depict users year-by-year, beginning in 1993 and continuing to 2014. Several more pie charts group data by country and region.
Another way to describe the Internet is to think about the activities that people do when they go on-line. Royal Pingdon, a company that collects statistics for company websites, posts all sorts of cool facts. One of their blog posts, Internet 2012 in Numbers, shares some numbers that demonstrate the size and scope of the Internet. I haven’t seen the 2013 statistics summary, but 2012 is interesting enough. For instance: Continue reading →
Want to learn a bit about the 21st Century students who are entering college right now and infer a bit about digital kids at other ages? Check out this year’s Beloit College Mindset list for the class of 2018. This yearly list helps adults — parents and educators — recognize just how much our cultural frames of reference differ from those of our digital-age children, even if they may be younger than college freshmen.
Started in 1998 by two faculty members at Beloit, the list was originally created as a way for faculty and staff at the college to learn more about how easy it is for adults talk about things that they take for granted but that their students don’t know. The website includes links to past years’ lists.
Vine is for video sharing, and the app works best on a mobile phone. Techies in the Twitter universe conceived and developed the app, and a user is supposed to be age 13 or older. Once a person sets up Vine on a mobile device, he or she creates and shares short videos with followers or the general public.
The explore window features the post trending hashtags.
Just as Twitter limits contributions to 140 characters, Vine videos also reflect this short and succinct philosophy, so a user is limited to six second clips. Videos can be organized and tagged with hashtags so it’s easy to search for a topic. Vine even has a blog on its site.
Author’s Note: I do not have an account. Instead I explored Vine with a friend who is an accomplished user.
Twenty-first Century parents are continually on the lookout for resources that help them understand more about the digital lives of their children. Learning more about quality video resources for kids is a priority.
One of my favorite online locations — where parents can find information about technology, digital common sense, and what’s happening in general in the digital world — is Larry’s World, a web site maintained by Larry Magid, who I’ve been following for years. A seasoned journalist who frequently contributes to the New York Times and was, for 18 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Magid is also the author of a number of books on social media, online safety, and the Internet. His articles and content, always with a strong educational subtext, are also published at CNET, the San Jose Mercury News, and Forbes (among others).
Over dinner recently the parents of a young child spoke about the challenge of moving from the old-fashioned world of a VCR-DVD player and cable into the to the era of streaming video. Continue reading →