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Educating the Net Generation

Educating the Net Generation
The Net Generation has grown up with information technology. The aptitudes, attitudes, expectations, and learning styles of Net Gen students reflect the environment in which they were raised—one that is decidedly different from that which existed when faculty and administrators were growing up. This collection explores the Net Gen and the implications for institutions in areas such as teaching, service, learning space design, faculty development, and curriculum. Diana G. Please Note: This PDF contains the entire book with embedded hyperlinks of URLs, endnotes, and index terms, plus bookmarks to all chapters and sections. Table of Contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Index Copyright Information Authors retain the copyright to their intellectual content, with EDUCAUSE owning the copyright to the collected publication. Permission is granted to copy or disseminate the document, either in print or electronic format, if the following conditions are met: Related:  Week 1- H800 begins here

Monitor: The net generation, unplugged Totally different from previous generations—or just younger? THEY are variously known as the Net Generation, Millennials, Generation Y or Digital Natives. But whatever you call this group of young people—roughly, those born between 1980 and 2000—there is a widespread consensus among educators, marketers and policymakers that digital technologies have given rise to a new generation of students, consumers, and citizens who see the world in a different way. Growing up with the internet, it is argued, has transformed their approach to education, work and politics. “Unlike those of us a shade older, this new generation didn't have to relearn anything to live lives of digital immersion. But does it really make sense to generalise about a whole generation in this way? After all, not everyone born between 1980 and 2000 has access to digital technology: many in the developing world do not. Activism or slacktivism? There is also a feeling of superficiality about much online youth activism.

Despite The Internet, Google Generation Lacks Analytical Skills A study conducted by the University College London found that young people lack analytical skills necessary to assess the information they find on the Internet While the so-called "Google Generation" grew up with the Internet, having a sizable chunk of the world's information at their fingertips has failed to make them better thinkers, according to a university study. Young people born after 1993 are certainly familiar with computers and the Web and use both with ease, but a study conducted by the University College London found that they lacked the critical and analytical skills necessary to assess the information they found mostly through search engines. Along with young people, older generations -- including professors, lecturers, and practitioners -- have been affected by having so much information so easily available. For one, information literacy has not improved with the widening access to technology. Young people also have difficulty in developing an effective search strategy.

'Google Generation' is a myth says research A report commissioned by Jisc and the British Library counters the common assumption that the ‘Google Generation’ – young people born or brought up in the Internet age – is the most adept at using the web. The report by the CIBER research team at University College London claims that, although young people demonstrate an ease and familiarity with computers, they rely on the most basic search tools and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the web. Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future also shows that research-behaviour traits that are commonly associated with younger users – impatience in search and navigation and zero tolerance for any delay in satisfying their information needs – are now the norm for all age-groups, from younger pupils and undergraduates through to professors. The findings also send a stark message to government - that young people are dangerously lacking information skills.

ROUGH TYPE HOW IS THE INTERNET CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK? Read any newspaper or magazine and you will notice the many flavors of the one big question that everyone is asking today. Or you can just stay on the page and read recent editions of Edge ... Playwright Richard Foreman asks about the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self-evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the "instantly available". Is it a new self? Are we becoming Pancake People — spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.Technology analyst Nicholas Carr wrote the most notable of many magazine and newspaper pieces asking "Is Google Making Us Stupid". Has the use of the Web made it impossible for us to read long pieces of writing? This year's Question is "How is the Internet changing the way YOU think?" 172 essayists (an array of world-class scientists, artists, and creative thinkers) have created a 132,000 document.

The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember by Nicholas Carr | Book review Do you find it hard to concentrate these days? Do you get fidgety after two pages of a book, and look around for something else to do? Is the online abbreviation "tl;dr" (too long; didn't read) your response to basically everything? If so, Nicholas Carr feels your pain, and has diagnosed the cause: using the internet has rewired your brain and turned you into a flibbertigibbet. The narrative of The Shallows begins with Carr's own feelings ("my concentration starts to drift") and gets only slightly more profound. Carr cites a bit of psychology and neuroscience, but he doesn't seem to notice that the study he unveils most triumphantly actually refutes half of his own argument. For Carr, though, we are just pitiable slaves to the machine. Ironically, since Carr worries that the internet will stop us reading entire books, there is no need to read his entire book to understand his argument. Born Digital, indeed, makes for an optimistic, humanist rebuttal to Carr's hysterical gloominess.

The internet: is it changing the way we think? | Tech Every 50 years or so, American magazine the Atlantic lobs an intellectual grenade into our culture. In the summer of 1945, for example, it published an essay by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineer Vannevar Bush entitled "As We May Think". It turned out to be the blueprint for what eventually emerged as the world wide web. Two summers ago, the Atlantic published an essay by Nicholas Carr, one of the blogosphere's most prominent (and thoughtful) contrarians, under the headline "Is Google Making Us Stupid?". "Over the past few years," Carr wrote, "I've had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn't going – so far as I can tell – but it's changing. The title of the essay is misleading, because Carr's target was not really the world's leading search engine, but the impact that ubiquitous, always-on networking is having on our cognitive processes.

How computers change the way we learn “This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls, because they will not use their memories,” a concerned commentator once spoke of a new technology. “[People] will be hearers of many things and will have learned nothing; they will appear to be omniscient and will generally know nothing; they will be tiresome company, having the show of wisdom without the reality.” The commentator? Two thousand years later, the technology has changed but the dialogue remains the same. While there’s no doubt that information technology can have its downsides for our day-to-day behaviour, there is very little evidence that computers are damaging our brains – any more than writing made us more forgetful. This potential for technology to enhance the mind was explored by Google’s vice-president of research Alfred Spector at the World-Changing Ideas Summit in New York on 21 October. Finally, Spector says that social networks could be used to increase the interaction between students.

Moore's Law: Beyond the first law of computing - BBC News Computer chips are arguably both the most complex things ever mass produced by humans and the most disruptive to our lives. So it's remarkable that the extraordinary pace they have evolved at was in large part influenced by a three-page article published 50 years ago this weekend. It noted that the maximum number of components that manufacturers could "cram" onto a sliver of silicon - before which the rising risk of failure made it uneconomic to add more - was doubling at a regular pace. Its author, Gordon Moore, suggested this could be extrapolated to forecast the rate at which more complicated chips could be built at affordable costs. The insight - later referred to as Moore's Law - became the bedrock for the computer processor industry, giving engineers and their managers a target to hit. Intel - the firm Mr Moore went on to co-found - says the law will have an even more dramatic impact on the next 20 years than the last five decades put together. But could its time be more limited?

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