The digital age, also referred to as the information age, can be defined by the introduction of the personal computer and individuals having unlimited access to information. While much of the world’s population has limited access to technology such as personal devices and wifi, if you are reading this consider yourself blessed that you get to live in a digital age and reap the benefits.
I am an educator by trade. I have spent many years in a classroom and currently work as an administrator. While it is my passion from 8-5, in my Epoch journey, I have yet to dive into videos and articles around the topic until now.
Jamie Smith is a British educator/administrator, who ushered in one of the biggest IBM collaborations into a college setting. Check out his TED talk here.
The main points I took away from his talk were that:
- the way people think is changing
- people need to gain skills in digital literacy
- and they need to learn how to harness their creativity through a digital lens and integrate that creativity into their everyday life
The way people are thinking, especially for young people, is changing. Technology is more accessible and is more interactive. Because of this, video is preferred over text, attention spans are shorter, and multitasking is on the rise.
As a more seasoned thinker, the key to success is being flexible in the way we do things and interact with up-and-coming thinkers.
Young people are teaching themselves what they deem as important or valuable, and then creating a learning experience that mirrors that.
This very truth is the driving force of myself, and many others on the Epoch Collective. We wanted more information, we wanted more meaningful learning, we couldn’t find it, so we created it.
In order to create an online presence, digital literacy must be developed. “Digital literacy is the ability to effectively find, identify, evaluate, and use information. It focuses on media from the internet, smartphones, video games, and other nontraditional sources.”[source]
When you can sort through all the digital crap, you can focus on what really matters – the unbiased truth. Finding that is like locating the diamond in the rough. That’s why having a collective group of like-minded researchers is so clutch.
The last thing Jamie talks about is, in my opinion, the most important. In order to be successful, we need to “be brave enough to be wrong.” Living in a digital age means things move fast. Like AI taking over menial jobs by 2029 fast. How can we compete? How can we process the entirety of digital information in seconds?
The truth is we can’t. But what we can do is sharpen our creativity. Sometimes that creativity will take us down a path of success. Sometimes it will take us down a path that is harder on the ego. Either way, when we can creatively think on our feet and present information in a new way, then we can stand out and carve a way that takes us places.
From Grace, Truth, and Love: I write…
We do things digitally.
In order to have a new world,
We need to resurrect the heavy truth from the flurry of a shorter version.
The judge and jury are waiting to take everything, but we aren’t waiting for a savior.
He’s already shown us the way.
He’s outside facing our future,
Waiting for us to resurrect our own heartbeat.
We are here, not changing who we are, but changing everything we’ve created.
In the new age, in the age of resurrection,
Transition feels heavy but shorter,
However, the judge and jury have been relieved.
From the outside, we are making the right moves.
From the outside, we are our future.
The beat takes over our hearts.
We are now changing in the creation,
Changing what’s been saved through faith.
We are the outliers unshaken.