Don’t Blame Technology

Prof. Janni Aragon

This is an oldy, but goody. I am reading lots of books about teaching and seeing so many new faces around campus. I felt it was worth re-blogging this post.

The New York Times article “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction” is making the rounds. You can find it here:  http://tinyurl.com/37tbzqv. It is to easy to blame technology on the disconnect that educators find with the current cohort of students in our first year courses. I am going to speak to this notion that the Net Gen are artful multi-taskers and think differently. Instead, what we really have is a cohort of young people who are used to using technology all of the time for gaming, fun, communicating, research, school work, and for making connections with others. Of course, some are using technology merely for gaming or social networking, but you get my point.

Part of my job is…

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