Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Definitive Investigation - Don Tapscott

Tēnā koutou katoa Greetings to you all
Today I listened to a presentation by Andrew Churches. One of the highlights of his talk was a video by Don Tapscott launching his book, "Grown Up Digital - The Net Generation is Changing YOUR World".

I just have to post his vid, but it's a tad ironic that Tapscott has to write about the use of all this technology and the Internet in a book!

Ka kite anō Catch ya later


paul c said...

Hi Ken,
Thanks for the link to Tapscott's video. Author of Growing Up Digital ten years ago, he coined the phrase 'Net Generation.' Now, his Grown Up Digital, allows him to analyze the first generation to come of age in the digital age. He is also author of Wikinomics and is a leading business strategist.

This video would certainly stimulate discussion in a high school class. 'How can we change the learning experience and, in doing so, reinvent education?' I think schools are making definite progress in answering that question.

Blogger In Middle-earth said...

Kia ora Paul

My own naive way of looking at things tells me that education has been reinvented a few times since the concept was first acted on. With each new invention in communication comes a possible revolution in education.

I recall when 'overhead projector' was a buzz-word in education. Sure, it was very useful. I used one to teach physics to senior students. I couldn't do without it. Not.

But then the computer appeared on the horizon. Then the Internet.

I watch my children, and learn a lot from them. I learn that they are just like how I was when slide rules with log-log scale became the up-to-date top-of-the-line way to go and calculators with illuminated displays were 'something else'.

There's more enthusiasm from the generation that Tapscott came from than the generation my children belong to. For them, it's just slide rules with log-log scale all over again.

It's comforting to know that they'll be alright. Just like you and I are today.

Catchya later