Will Richardson’s “Footsteps in the Digital Age” suggests that a new world for learning was created by the worldwide web. Young adults are posting things on the web that leave a “Digital Footprint.” This digital footprint is visible by being googled or being on Facebook and can be bad or good. Richardson says the worldwide web is creating opportunities for kids to “learn deeply and continually” and lead the adults into the digital age. One concern Richardson spoke of is that students need to be educated about who they interact with and what they post online, and also need to balance study time with social time. Students can learn through the worldwide web to excel in life.
Will Richardson’s “Footsteps in the Digital Age” explicates that students today have the potential to do their own learning, which will help them in the future. This new world of the internet lets kids learn and leave their own footprints. These footprints are a “double-edged sword” because they can be bad or good depending on what is visible to colleges and businesses that look up someone’s name to see what a person is like based off what they see on Facebook or Twitter. Kids need to learn that these footprints are permanent and are unable to be deleted once posted. Educators need to understand that networking or sharing is an axiological building block for students. Students need to learn that when they become part of a website, they need to have a diverse network and be careful with whom they interact. This post connects with Dr. Michael Wesch’s “A Vision of Students Today” which suggests students are using the internet inappropriately during class time when they can be taking advantage of the learning opportunities the internet creates. Richardson makes a strong case that the internet presents teens with a great opportunity to learn on their own.