Technology’s appeal to youth is obvious. So is its relentless race to make things smaller, faster, smarter and cooler. Whether we like it or not, Tech’s Appeal and Advancement is a fact of life that affects our students. Here are some examples of how.
Connect – Extend – Challenge
1. How are the ideas and information presented connected to what you already knew?
2. What new ideas did you get that extended or pushed your thinking in new directions?
3. What is still challenging or confusing for you to get your mind around? What questions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?
What do students really need in order to take advantage of “Tech’s Appeal” and not fall prey to it?
If we take seriously the way young people have adopted a “digital lifestyle,” are we considering the ways this might impact them? Some main areas are presented below. Explore the links that interest you – if you are working in a team, think about splitting up the task so all areas are considered by your group.
Which the areas are the most important? Which should be part of school’s “moral imperative” to help students toward a successful life? If we understand the limitations on how little time students might be with us as opposed to the hours they spend online, what is our best approach?
Extra Links to Explore
Your Brain on the Internet
- Is Google Making Us Stupid? (YouTube interview) and original article and a review from The Guardian with analysis and reader comments
- The Atlantic: Kids Are Changing, Neuroplasticity Is Real, And Education Needs A Revolution (and the original Atlantic Monthly article)
- Internet Addiction Guide - Psych Central (and analysis of the popular test)
- Gamer Crack - Angry Birds fever hits 200m minutes a day
- Quitting World of Warcraft
What? Me Angry?
- Violent Video Games: Myths, Facts, and Unanswered Questions
- EFFECTS OF VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES ON AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR… (pdf) : A Meta-Analytic Review of the Scientific Literature
- Identity Theft from ScamWatch (Australian government)
- Stay Safe Online – Teens
- Protecting your Identity Security (pdf) - from the Attorney General’s office – Australian government
- Identity Crime – from the Australian Crime Commission (+ their pdf Factsheet)
- The truth about Twitter, Facebook and the uprisings in the Arab world - The Guardian
- 2011: the year of Facebook revolutions
- The “Twitter Can’t Topple Dictators” Article, by Jay Rosen