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started by Corina Carmona on 30 Jan 12
  • Corina Carmona
    I wish to share this great article and open a discussion on the iGeneration. How does our view of technology, as educators, differ to how our students view techonology.

    One great section from Dr. Larry Rosen's book, Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and The Way They Learn:

    "I have interviewed thousands of children in both formal research
    studies and informal settings. I will never forget an interview with Ashley,
    the ten-year-old daughter of a friend of mine. I asked her why she
    liked technology so much. Ashley looked at me blankly and said, "What
    do you mean why do I like technology? Isn't everything technology? I guess I
    don't even think about it. It's sorta like the sky, ya know. I don't think about
    the sky. I just know that when I look up it's there. Same with technology. It's
    just everywhere." To Ashley, technology is not a tool to use, as it is for
    many adults. It is the center of her life and as we shall see next, she most
    certainly is consumed with it and by it." (Rosen, 25)

    Rosen, Larry D., Mark L. Carrier, and Nancy A. Cheever. Rewired: Understanding the IGeneration and the Way They Learn. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. EBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 30 Jan. 2012.

    Rosen, Larry D. Rewired: They Psychology of Technology. Psychology Today [serial online]. March 26, 2010; Available from: Accessed Jan. 30, 2012.
  • Janice Wilson Butler
    Interesting perspective. I think the current research shows that, while it is ubiquitous, students today do not necessarily know how to use it for productivity or to improve their lives other than by communicating with others and by playing games. We have some way to go before they generally incorporate it into their "work" lives. I think teachers will be the best at teaching this once they master it themselves.
  • Delia Torres

    Students (our youth) of the Net Generation and the iGeneration are great conumers of immense amounts of media techonology such as: video game consoles, laptop usage for their social networking, television, MP3 player, and cell phone to surf the web and to text message. These tools keep the typical teen engaged in the areas of entertainment and communication.

    Just like Doctor Butler indicated that students need to learn how to apply the usage of media technology in a "working environment" that will result in efficiency and productivity. Even though media technology can be sometimes be overwhelming, we as teachers need to use it to convey subject content in a real-life setting that the students can relate to in their future "work' lives.

    As teachers, we need to take one-day-at-time in successfully mastering various types of media technology in order to be confident and to seek assistance when needed.
  • Salina V
    I think it is a little hard classifying all teacher under one category to determine how we see technology differently then our students. I suppose it depends on the generation we grew up in. According to the charts from the article you provided it, the teachers who are labeled under Generation X, such as my older sister, would probably see technology as a good tool to make life easier, and use it more as a convince to get work done, but of course, everyone is different so it depends on the person. My generation however, the "Net Generation," seem to see technology more as a necessity, and are much more depended on it. Although we are capable to do common items without it since our studies in our younger years did not revolve around much technology, if you look at any 24 year old today, you will no doubtingly see them on their phone, laptop, iPad, iPod, etc. Even while being next to my boyfriend right now, who is 24 as well, I am on my laptop, the PS3 is running Netflixs in the background, and he is playing a game on his new PSP Vita. I can't imagine life without many of these items today. I believe that our students however, the older teens, younger teens, and tweens, see technology as more of a god send then my generation does. Although we are able to do items without technology, just wish not too, it seems that when looking at my 16 year old niece and my 12 year old nephew, their generation, the "iGeneration," can't do anything without the use of technology. They use it so much, that like Corina put in the quote she got, they don't even realize that they are using it. Our students defiantly see technology much differently then we do in the sense that they are so depended on it, that they don't even know it, we can at least acknowledge the fact when we use technology, but they don't even notice when they do. Technology to our students at this point is beyond second nature to them, it is who they are.

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