We can always count on Neil to think more deeply about the world! I really appreciate this question! I am personally more the old school type of communicator- I think I usually do the "drive by" quick communiques on my social networks, chats, texts, and so on. When I want to say more, I want to call the person or even send an email.
I find I can say more and carry on a slight conversation- say, making plans or arrangements to meet, on Plurk and a few other places, but I like ear-to-ear and/or face-to-face for real conversations.
Seems like nowadays we have more and more opportunities to communicate through technology. Through email, cell phones, chats, Skype and texting I am able to communicate with friends and family throughout the world. This is something that would not have been possible earlier in my life. It is true that short, succinct forms of communications have been a by-product of some of these new tools, but look at what educators now have to counter with. Through digital story telling, Glogster and other tools, students have the ability to practice, record and analyze their communications far more effectively than in the past. If technology is used in the right way, it will enhance our students ability to communicate.
Rick, I totally agree that there are so many different ways to communicate today than when we were younger, but that still begs the question, is it really better and deeper. I don't know the answer to that.
You definitely hit the nail on the head when you stated "If technology is used in the right way, it will enhance our students ability to communicate". Using technology the RIGHT way is the key.
I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks for bringing yet another prospective to the table.