Writing to Your Future Self

future me

Future Me allows you to write yourself and email and have it sent at a time of your choosing (dramatic music) in the future. While you may not have a flux capacitor you can get your students emailing themselves up to 30 years into the future (you can do much less).

Whether the site, the student email address, email as communication or the earth itself will still be around is uncertain but I am certain you could get some really interesting work out of students using this site.

Comments on this post

  1. Ben said on March 22, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    I ran across this site awhile back, but didn’t think much of it as I rarely listen to notes I leave myself, however, it would be quite useful for students to set up reminders for tests and/or exams.

    Nice new theme by the way.

  2. Tom said on March 23, 2007 at 6:39 am

    Ben,

    My basic thought was it didn’t really matter if they ever read what they wrote to themselves but more that they wrote something and thought about their future. Plus, the whole ego centric nature of it would be a motivating factor for most teens. It’d be interesting as well to have them write two letters to the future- one to themselves and one to a stranger. Then you can look at how the audience impacts the writing.

    I didn’t even think of using it for something practical. 🙂

    Thanks, I like the new theme as well. It’s pretty fancy. There are things in the php I’ve never seen before. Not that that’s very hard to do but I have seen a fair number of WordPress themes.

    Tom

  3. Ben said on March 23, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    And here I was all focused on the simple aspect of it, I hadn’t even considered the bigger picture. I love the idea of using this as a way to get students thinking about the future. Looking forward is something I severely lacked in high school, and it’s an great habit to promote.

  4. Eska said on April 9, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    What a great writing tool! I could see students writing about what they want to learn or goals they want to achieve by the end of the school year. Your blog is fantastic btw, and I sent your video “Shake It Up” to all the teachers in my building. Keep up the good work!

  5. Tom said on April 11, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    Eska,

    It’s amazing what’s out there for free, isn’t it?

    Thanks for the encouragement.

    Tom

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