In the world of technology, there are some very clear lines drawn in the sand. Many divide the generations into Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. The differences between those three levels are huge. The technology gap was huge for these three shifting from being aware of technology - like television - to being immersed in it (to the point of constant consumption).
Mark Prensky refers to this technology exposure as its own language in his article here.
If you were born into it like Millennials you are a digital native.
If you had to acquire the skills afterwards you are a digital immigrant.
I grew up with technology - but was not completely immersed in it. Social media came to rise while I was in college - and I didn't jump on the bandwagon at the time. However, I consumed video games, film and all the other traits found by a traditional native. This means that because everything I consumed at that time was NEW there was no guides and I learned to troubleshoot, search and fix things on my own.
This skill set is now highly desired! So I come equipped to teach digital natives because I am not afraid to get in the mud and muck around. This means I don't give answers! I just teach them how to FIND them.
Just like any teacher - I plan to continue learning the language of multimedia every day. I am not afraid to ask questions and I am clearly not afraid to tell students:
I Don't Know!
While traversing this digital world I'll have take a few steps to make sure video content is safe. First thing is teaching them responsibility. If they are responsible, they won't be searching undesirable content. Second, when showing materials I'll screen it myself first and not pull it up on the fly.
The biggest resource I'll use for media sites are:
The Education list on Youtube here, Schooltube, or the organzied lists at WatchKnowLearn.
Who else finds they are in the gray zone between the generations?
I am a 2nd Grade teacher with years of experience in digital editing and film. I have a 2nd Degree Black Belt, am a professional wedding photographer, and instruct fine art painting classes.