Quotes & Questions - Chapter 7: Faster and Faster

The military often talks about “shared awareness,” which is the ability of many different people and groups to understand a situation, and to understand who else has the same understanding… Shared awareness allows otherwise uncoordinated groups to begin to work together more quickly and effectively. This kind of social awareness has three levels: when everybody knows something, when everybody knows that everybody knows, and when everybody knows that everybody knows that everybody knows. (p. 163)
  • How do the three levels of shared awareness related to your experiences as an educator?
  • How can the concept of shared awareness be used to more effectively teach?
The more ubiquitous and familiar a communications method is, the more real-time coordination can come to replace planning, and the less predictable group reactions become. (p. 175)
In a recent study, it was found that 73% of the teens surveyed own cellphones.
  • How does this trend affect the planning habits of teens?
  • How does this relate to school, teaching, and how we interact with our students?

  • Shirky, C. (2008). Here comes everybody. New York: The Penguin Press.
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