“The first thing I do every morning is check my phone – it’s also the last thing I check every night before going to sleep. I can’t imagine life without it.”
Smartphone:Luis uses his phone for texting, calling his parents, studying for school and checking social media, newspaper sites, and sports sites.
Tablet:He uses his tablet for homework, streaming movies, and research.
Laptop:He uses his laptop to write his school papers and occasionally for gaming.
Luis also uses other devices from his school, such as videocameras and scanners, to complete his school projects.
Luis mainly uses wifi at school and at home, as well as at cafés. Luis has a limited data plan for his phone that is shared with his family, so he's always looking for a wifi connection.
Luis is concerned about finding the right answers – to his own research for school, for his parents’ questions, etc. There’s been so much talk about fake news, though, and Luis is concerned that he or his family will mistake fake news for real news. For his parents, as immigrants, everything is still a little new and somehow unexpected – he worries they will fall for fake news or scams, but he doesn’t know how to protect them. Luis himself tends to disregard any news he gets via Facebook or other social media unless he sees it confirmed in a newspaper or on a respected news site – but he’s heard about fake news even appearing on news sites.
Luis was born in the United States, but both of his parents are from Mexico. Luis’s father came to the US and first went to California to work in harvesting there. After he settled, Luis’s mom and other relatives joined him in California. Some time later, Luis’s father was encouraged to move to Missouri to take a job in an agromaquila – an agricultural processing plant. A couple of years later, that employer moved to Nebraska, and Luis’s family followed the job there. As a result, Luis has relatives in Mexico and California, and a few of his relatives have moved to Texas for work or school– they are the only members of their family to live in Nebraska.
Luis uses his internet skills to help his family find information about school requirements, health concerns, and city ordinances. As the oldest child, Luis has been the language broker for his parents for a long time, often translating for his mom and dad at school visits or doctor’s offices. As the oldest child, Luis is used to being the responsible one, but he was relieved when his siblings were able to do more translating for his mom.
During the school year, Luis focuses on academics because he knows how important it is to get a good education in order to get into a good college. He hasn’t decided on a career yet, but he wants to work in a helping profession related to science – a doctor or maybe a science teacher. Luis is involved in his school’s science club, which includes tutoring other students. In the summer, he works de-tasseling corn because his dad doesn’t think he should spend the entire summer reading books.
Due to his emphasis on his studies and his need to research information for his family, Luis is mostly a content consumer, but his participation in the science club is pushing him toward becoming a content creator. His science club advisor wants them to make short videos illustrating a scientific reaction. Luis and his friends want to post these videos to YouTube. His school has elective classes on keyboarding, word processing software, and using MovieMaker.
For Luis, his parents are a trusted source of information, especially for topics like health and dating. They also like to listen to Spanish-language radio on Pandora, which Luis set up for them. Luis prefers to listen to pop music on Spotify if he’s not with his family. Luis and his family talk about the most important news events of the day at dinner every night.