You may not recognize this woman’s face, but you most certainly have probably heard about her exploits.
Molly Katchpole is the woman who took on Bank of America — and won. After a very publicized online petition, Molly helped pressure the bank to drop its proposed $5 debit card fee in 2011.
What you may not know is that one Fortune 500 company wasn’t enough for this consumer rights advocate. Just a few months later, Molly took on Verizon wireless and its proposed $2 fee for online bill payments. It took just two hours for Molly to enlist 50,000 people in her cause and only one day to force Verizon to cancel the new fee.
Both protests and subsequent petitions were made possible by social media and the online protest site, change.org.
Sounds exciting, Mike, but what does all of this have to do with school?
Over the course of the next few weeks, I’d like to share some stories about what has been happening at the intersection of technology and social development that is profoundly impacting education.
There is a lot to take in, so in the tradition of the serialized novel I’m planning on blogging about this topic over the course of the next month or so. I hope to introduce everybody to the research of Clayton Christensen and Don Tapscott, two authors who have done a lot of thinking about disruptive technology and the shape of our youth culture. In the end, I’ll share some examples of how teachers are adjusting their classrooms to fit the learning styles of “Generation Z” students and the demands of a 21st Century workplace.