June 13, 2013 Our family just wrapped up an impromptu multi-generational digital debriefing with all ages in town for teen graduation.
“Wait, how’d you DO that?” became the common refrain of the day, with every generation sharing their easiest way to connect and preserve the milestone, which turned into an amusing show-n-tell.
As each generation learned from one another preserving keepsakes and capturing different media moments, it really sunk in that we were a living, breathing collaboratory of participatory learning.
Teens taught millennials photo apps to enhance Instagram like Pic Stitch for split screens and montages (perfect for ‘Transformation Tuesday’ in that was then, this is now mode) the millennials taught teens how to have patience to perfect storytelling with the six second snippets of Vine video (my nephew uses jump cut prowess that would rival Jean-Luc Godard) I shared the simplicity of Animoto for easy-peasy professional style film trailer dissolves using photos/captions/video and verbiage…and my mom reminded all of what a ‘real camera’ can do with a zoom lens, using her time with “digital natives” to triage glitches in her computer and gain quick fix guidance on the fly.
“Wow, I wish I had you guys nearby for tech support then I could really DO this instead of wanting to turn this laptop into a boat anchor!”
EVERYone learned SOMEthing with our collective knowledge pool, raising the bar for us all…Even the social media-phobic family members who commonly voice “I don’t need a smartphone, or Facebook, or tablet, or any of this media stuff, I’m fine…” benefited from watching others preserve the memories while they spent one on one time with the graduate doing watersports sans digital distractions.
As I racked my brain for Father’s Day gift giving with the “I don’t need a thing” guys in the crowd, (who often lead the nag fest/cacophony of “put the phone down NOW” demands to disconnect in order to reconnect without mobile media tethers) … lo and behold I discover…Voila…A Platform for Good.org beat me to the punch offering clever clip art gift coupons like a “media-free, screen-free” printable promise which is handily FREE to be tucked into a card or turned into a booklet of usable Father’s Day gifts of time.
They already led the way using this coupon concept over the holidays with a smart campaign to instill digital literacy when gifting new items from parents to younger kids as well. (e.g. an iPhone with a ‘contract agreement’ and ‘terms’ among family members so all are in agreement from the get go…here’s a sample phone contract from one of my prior media management posts)
Whether you’re gifting uninterrupted “one on one time” without a partial attention deficit…
(I gave a getaway/gift of time in a media wrapper in Gilmore Girls B&B innkeeper style which was a big hit during the middle school years)…OR you’re gifting some “how to” training time on ANY platform or gizmo (from social media sites to sporty health sensors for the ‘quantified self’ dad yearning for the new FitBit Plus or MisFitShine)…
…A Platform for Good has done a great job seeding a customizable concept that you can take ‘as is’ or create coupons of your own.
Happy Father’s Day, digital dads!
Related Father’s Day Posts on Shaping Youth by Amy Jussel
Visual Credits: The Gift of Time photo: YummyMummyClub.ca; Coupons: A Platform for Good.org, Frustrated tech cartoon/graphic: a helpful geek chic site called CodeSheriff which I’ll be perusing to get up to speed on all kinds of stuff!