In addition to writing books you are also a teacher - can you talk about what you teach and why? And have you given any thought to what you are going to write about next?
I teach social media issues and literacies. I started teaching because I didn't see that many colleges were dealing with the individual and social issues raised by the use of social media, issues of identity and self, community, collective action, social capital, public sphere. I see it as an opportunity to introduce students to the literature, vocabulary, intellectual frameworks, and practical mental tools they will need to cope and succeed in their personal and professional lives. And now I am going to begin to teach social media literacies. I am very excited about the way social media can enable students and teacher to engage in collaborative inquiry during and between class meetings. I've gathered a large amount of my material on teaching and learning at Rheingold.com — and I am planning to write one of the new, short, TED e-books about how to not only cope and thrive but how to get smarter with the online tools available to us, what is being called "the extended mind."