Friday, March 30, 2007

The MySpace Generation

Two posts in one day . . . Do I get TWO prizes, Sharon? :)

The March 2007 issue of Technology and Learning magazine includes an article entitled, "Technology Literacy and the MySpace Generation." It talks about many of the issues that we're trying to address through the Classrooms for the Future program. Are you familiar with the term "digital native?" It was coined to describe the current generation of students, who were born into and have grown up in a world of computers, the Internet, cell phones, and mp3 players.

The article says, "This portrait of a digital native is particular to the year 2007. It is not what we would have seen 10 years ago, and it's definitely not likely to resemble what we'll be seeing a decade down the line. So when we, as adults, bandy about the concept of technology literacy, inherent within that is the knowledge that technology and the digital native are constantly evolving. "

That is our challenge--to harness the power of technology and use it to prepare these kids for jobs that don't exist yet!

Click on the title of the article to read the full text.

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