“As the half-life of technological innovation shrinks, so do the generations.

My Walkman accompanied me throughout high school. I got my first e-mail address in college and my first cellphone when I started reporting, a clunky Nokia with an antenna sticking out that I thought looked terribly avant-garde. These days the 15-year-olds barely keep up with their 13-year-old siblings (who apparently prefer Skype video conferences to Facebook chats).”
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"When one boy was caught cheating in a Latin test, his punishment was to give a workshop to teachers on how students use technology to fool them."
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"At my old school I was struck by how much teenagers have changed. But I was also struck by how little the school had changed, and I don’t think it’s an exception. Teachers are right to fret about attention deficits and lazy thinking. But no fundamental rethink seems to have occurred about how teaching and learning should take place in the age of social networking.

'The problem is with adults,' says [student] Leo [Laun]. 'If they say we’re becoming more stupid, it’s perhaps because we’re in a school system they invented.'"

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/24/opinion/global/24iht-June24-ihtmag-bennhold-22.html
 


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