Baby Boom:January 1946 - December 1964: 19 years, producing 77.2 million children, 23% of the US populationGeneration X:January 1965 to December 1976: 12 years, producing 44.9 million children, 15% of the US population. Also called the "Baby Bust."The Net Generation:January 1977 to December 1997: 21 years, producing 81.1 million children, 27% of the US population. Also called "Millenials," and "Generation Y."Generation Next:January 1998 to present: 10 years, producing 40.1 million children, 13.4% of the US population. Also called "Generation Z.
- "Gen Next" is using technology differently: Cell phone: it's a music player, alarm clock, camera and obtw, it's a phone too.
- Broadcast: Up to about 1997. TV as thee source of news, weather, sports. Listen to what was being told to you. Very little participation by letters to the editor, etc.
- Collaborative Era: 1997-present. Participatory era. Multiple sources for news. Multiple ways to collaborate. Most in the collaborative era don't have a "land line" phone (traditional house phone).
- Writing less, less effective... or differently? Dramatic increase in writing from the broadcast to collaborative era. Online writing via blogs, wikis, facebook, texting.
- The average "boomer" watched roughly 22.4 hours of tv per week.
- TV now as background noise?
- Customization and conversation instead of a lecture.
The tech fix: This is the one that made it to YouTube that you saw above.
After, well, many years at this... and the journey from music student to consultant (all the way through), lab aide, network administrator, tech coordinator, on through classroom teacher - I still land on the same themes:
- Denial of service is no way to educate people.
- It may not be about "right" and "wrong."
- It's called a "personal computer" not an "institutionalized computer" so lets treat it as such.
- We're close to a tipping point... and always will be so let's keep moving forward.
- What we teach now should be relevant and thought provoking for today... and especially for the future.
- Let's get a computer in every student hands to address the issues of opportunity, equity.
Time to cook dinner! That's a theme I land on frequently too ; P