I had actually seen digital nation prior to this class and I found one aspect disturbing. I am preemptively fighting a battle for when my child grows up digital. Should I get pissed that he is always looking at that screen (whether a phone or computer). I had a difficult time early in the video when the boy said he would not know what to do without his tech (phone, comp). I suppose that is where I struggle being on the nose of the net generation. I am perfectly able to leave my techno for a week and not get upset about it. The tail end of the net geners can not. Its addictive and honestly kind of annoying. I am curious to see todays millennials in 20 years and what their weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle looks like. Are phones and computers involved in this?
Bustle (sp?) Is that right?
I just got done watching digital nation and one thing stands out to me. The video mentioned that teachers feel the pressure to stimulate their students. Teachers have to compete with email, texting, and facebook. I do agree that our students should be stimulated. Sometimes I think that some people, especially children, are in a technology overload. What ever happened to communicating by talking? Between facebook and texting, I feel that children are uncomfortable in social situations. I admit, I text and facebook too much. Yes it's convenient but so impersonal. There are just little things that I notice even with my 9 year old students. I have seen many lol's in writing prompts. Now I feel like I'm rambling. I guess I just don't know how to take all of this. Yes I believe technology should be apart of everyone's lives. I also believe that our students need to verbally communicate and feel comfortable about it.
Wahoo- I finally found this. I have to say that I don't know if I could run a class where students have lap tops in front of them...are surfing the net, listening to me, and multi tasking with other tasks. The word distracted kept coming up in the video. I sometimes think that multi tasking is being distracted because you are not putting it all into one thing. These kids claim to be excellent multi-taskers...we all do this but I don't think that all high school students can handle this.
I live this. I often have students multi tasking in class. For example, I was recently discussing "Art Deco" style architecture and using my smartboard and the internet to explain. Students were researching "Art Deco" architecture during the lecture and e-mailing me various examples of said architecture. It made for an exciting time in class, for during the lecture I was able to open my gmail account and show students research on the topic while the lecture was going on. IT WAS QUITE FUN!!!
I'm not sure if it's just my student population but there is no way they can multi task! I have to modify most of their work, write assignments clearly on the board, and still find myself explaining over and over and over....Lap tops for my students, not a good idea in reality. They have a lot of barriers and need to go very slow with most school related tasks.
Student definately claim to be great multitaskers and accoring to Tapscott research has found that young peoples brains today work different then us "old folks". I think that kids can do more than one task at once, but then their accuracy is compromised. They will make silly mistakes that even when they look at it later they will make comment like "wow what was I thinking" (example: 2 + 3 = 6). This topic I think goes back to the old question: what do we care more about quantity or quality?Linda I think Tapscott nailed the point in his book about why we as teachers have to write and explain directions so many times to students. Remember he talked about when kids get a new toy they will start using it, and if they can't figure something out they will read the directions or ask someone. While us older people are more prone to reading directions or user manuals before even turning on the new toy. Kids aren't use to reading directions, they think that they can just figure stuff out. One time I wrote the answers to some of the questions on a quiz in the direction and sad to say not one student noticed! Which proved my point that no one reads the directions! I don't know if this makes any sense or if it's just rambles. Sorry
Hey! I thought this was a great video. I know how those MIT students felt because I was constantly multi-taking throughout college. My entire campus was wireless, so my labtop was attached to my hip and I was constantly on it. I thought I would never be off of it until I became a teacher! I realized I do not need to depend on it like some students. For my students, they would be way to distracted to have to many technologies going on at once. I think this put it pretty clearly that multi-taskers are just distracted taskers and that they usually perform slower at the tasks than if one was given to them. I felt sad in the beginning when the family was all on their labtops and phone and they were at the same table. What is happeneing to family dynamics?
A couple of things stood out for me, the teacher in her classroom instructing her students about cyber safety. She had them chant with her the drill response for cyber bullying and/or stalking..."Stop. Block, and tell!" How retro! As far as family dynamics, the student named Greg, who admitted he was addicted, stated the internat was his generation's currency. It's so true! His parents noted he was unwilling to be out of the loop for more than one hour. How can there ever be real family time? It's less of a struggle in my house than it used to be. Except now, I"M the one on the computer the most! :-)
I just got done watching Digital Nation. It was fascinating and yet disturbing at the same time. I think that this documentary is yet another argument for the old saying "Everything in Moderation". I was saddened when watching the internet addiction problem in Korea. How far are we as a nation from letting this same thing happen to us? As important as technology will be for my children, I do not ever foresee myself or my husband allowing our children to eat family dinner while texting or visiting Disney World on a family vacation while on the phone with their friends the entire time. I know it simply will not happen. In a society that is already so "me" centered, I do not think that round the clock instant gratification for our children is healthy. They mentioned in the video that to this generation, technology is like oxygen. That scares me. I'm not prepared for that and don't know if I ever will be. What will happen to conversing with people face to face or just enjoying relaxing, fun conversation with friends over a bottle of wine (without everybody texting on their phones....sooo rude)? I know the video makes the argument that throughout history, with gains come losses. It was mentioned that with the printed word came a marked loss of memory. I completely agree. We cannot expect things to stay the same, but my personal feeling is that with technology overload our children will lose themselves to their digital version of self. We have to set the boundaries, both as teachers and as parents.
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