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In his new book, Rewired, Professor Larry Rosen tackles an intriguing subject: the “iGeneration.” The younger brothers and sisters of today’s twentysomethings, the iGeneration is the first generation of what Dr. Rosen calls “digital natives.” In other words, this generation, who are now entering their teen and tween years, has only ever known a world where technology is so commonplace that it is a given part of everyday life. They are growing up in a time when the internet, smartphones, and social networks are as normal to them as the sun and the moon. They are connected, they are social, they are nonstop multitaskers, and they are gearing up to take on the world. The only problem is, the world is not quite ready for them yet.
In Rewired, Dr. Rosen carefully outlines the current gap between how today’s kids are taking to learning and technology, and an educational system that is lagging far behind them. They have been born in an age where they are always connected, for better or for worse, and do not have the patience for an educational system that has not adapted to their times. (more…)