Monday, December 27, 2010

Review: Rewired

Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and How They Learn (Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D.)

I'm not sure what I expected, but it was a little more textbook than I was thinking it would be. But still, a very interesting read for people who are interested in technology, education, or raising children.

I thought this summed the book up best: "Aside from the MySpace and Facebook safety concerns, educators should note that teens use their social networks as platforms for creating vast amounts of "content." They write prolifically, post homemade videos and artwork, and spend vast portions of their online time being creative. [...] If educators can set aside their media-driven prejudicies against them, social networks can be fantastic vehicles for providing cirriculum materials both within the classroom and while students are at home. This is also an excellent opportunity [...] to bring their real world into the classroom."

As with any book about modern technology, it's out of date by the time it's written. However, I think the concepts and arguments the author puts forward. I would especially recommend this book to educators who aren't sure about where technology belongs in the classroom.
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