Mindset of Students

Have you ever considered the number of "new" technologies that have become obsolete during your lifetime.  Have you ever considered how much differently you might see the world if you had never come into contact with items like vinyl records of rotary phones.  Let me introduce you to a hypothetical 8th grade student and tell you a few things about the world as he or she might perceive it.  You might want to brace yourself for this:

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Keep in mind that this is just a partial list.  Consider how differently these kids might perceive the world with all the new technologies they are experiencing.  Consider the effects of MP3 players, hybrid cars, cell phones with cameras, and the internet.  Any one of these technologies can drastically change how you understand and view the world.  All music seems to be free online, new technology can solve any energy crisis and all pictures can be displayed instantly.  Immediate communication is almost always available.  And just about any question you can think up can be answered quickly online.  This doesn't necessarily mean the physical or psychological needs of human development have changed.  But this might mean that educators are challenged like never before to make their curriculum relevant to their students.  Something to think about.
Beloit College releases an annual "Mindsets List" to help their faculty better understand incoming freshman.  Here is a link to their most recent lists: http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/
Often times as adults we forget about the physical toll the use of technology takes on children.  This article from cnet.com looks at this issue in depth: http://news.com.com/Is+tech+injuring+children/2009-1041_3-6073730.html
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Understanding the Digital Generation - Ian Jukes


PRACTICE ACTIVITY:  Check out one of the links above for more information about how technology is changing our kids.

TO KEEP ON LEARNING:  If you'd like to read more on this topic try searching the internet for:
Digital generation gap
Children and technology
Effects of technology on kids
Benefits of technology integration