Category Archives: Net Gen

Sustaining narratives for the news age

The planets seemed to align lately with a few converging themes in relation to boredom thresholds and the atomisation of information. Harry Lewis voice at Googalization of Everything- ‘The factoids are not just instant; they are atomic. We keep e-mails … Continue reading

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MySpace cadets sliding into addiction

Miranda Devine’s reminder of the perils of technology (SMH April 4) are  timely, given the announcement this week of the $150 million schools laptop rollout. Just as TV did to a generation of children (myself included), we need to ward … Continue reading

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Debunking Digital natives

Christopher Scanlons piece in the Australian thows more cold water on the anthropological ‘natives’ theory (ref  earlier comments). Scanlon’s observations as a lecturer in journalism at Charles Sturt Uni give us more cause to dispute the assertion that the natives … Continue reading

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Cyberbullying

After witnessing an incident with my daughter recently, and a mounting interest in this at work-the paper (thanks Jane) was timely.  ‘Confronting the Pedagogical Challenge of Cyber Safety’  highlights the paucity of empirical studies in educational contexts (‘pedagogical’ bit strong here). The … Continue reading

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Knowledge Naztis

In a weak moment almost found myself agreeing with Miranda Devine’s piece SMH. Her article starts off well enough talking about how we crowd our day with processing data streams, and how Barack  Obama and Paul Keating have implored us to … Continue reading

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Boomer exposed

Picked up on Rebecca’s blog, a swipe at my ‘old ways’… a href=”http://beckysextrablog.blogspot.com/2008/08/oh-nooooo-web-20.html”>Oh NOOOOO… Web 2.0!</ While surfing through the internet, I tripped over this. Tim, the Boomer-age author, is commenting on the Net Gen use of YouTube and suggests … Continue reading

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You’ve got mail

On the eve of relaunching email services for teachers and students in DET, its interesting to reflect on email. My daughter came home with her computer skills test last week, and going through the paper (like a IT concerned Dad), … Continue reading

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More Shift happens

I know these are popular at the moment but this latest version is neat    

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Wait’n for the revolution

A recent seminar on our DER left me wondering (again) how many times I’ve sat through expositions of the wonders of Web2.0 , and how our schools are failing to engage students with technologies of the street. Over the years … Continue reading

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Virtual ‘education’worlds

Inevitably the VW market is being carved up by commercial interests. Many of the usual suspects are moving through from the entertainment/gaming side and into ‘education’. It almost seems that people in the real education industry have left this domain … Continue reading

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YouTube Baby

 Among the treats at last weekends Blue Mts Folk festival was Jake Shimabukuro. The MC introduced him as a YouTube Baby- (is that now the Y in Gen Y?). When talking to the presenter after the show he mentioned how Jake … Continue reading

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Net Alert-Coonans legacy

  Another legacy of the Howard gov. is revealed in the uncovering of misinformation provided in its advertising campaign warning of the dangers of the Net and in particular social networking sites. Peter Marees’ report exposes  the campaign was based on … Continue reading

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Go ask Corey

In all the media frenzy around Australias new bad boy Corey Worthington (>230 Google refs so far) -no analysis of the role played by MySpace in promoting Coreys’ lifestyle. In the Phew report on teen use of social media (Dec 2007) the … Continue reading

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Pre-teen networking

After chasing my daughter off Disney Channel she settles onto club Penguin for the afternoon…or so she thought. Michael Dwyer’s [Guardian] piece (thanks Ian), on pre-teen social networking, confirms all my notions about milking this lucrative market. While there’s lots … Continue reading

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At work at play…but not in schools

Adrienne Goehler (former Berlin senator for culture/media) recently quoted in a visit to Sydney “ The philosopher Theodor Adorno wrote ‘little distinguishes the intellectual lifestyle so deeply from the bourgeois as the fact that the former does not acknowledge the … Continue reading

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Once were natives

Seems like everyones over it- George Siemens comprehensive post on Prensky’s ‘Digital natives’ refers to the numbers of papers he has refereed using the notion. In a paper I wrote nearly twelve months ago, a reviewer similarly pulled me up … Continue reading

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Being digital citizens

Email from colleague Janet Burstall about a ‘Cybernite’ held at her daughters school (for parents and students) regarding being a digital citizen- great initiative. Wonder how many other schools are doing this? Time we (DET) thought of putting together a … Continue reading

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Alan Levine-being there…

Alan‘s presentation on behalf of the AFLF group in Sydney, was a whirlwind trip of Web 2 offerings. After a number of these events-its time to act on how we as educators/administrators can knock down -or at least provide gates … Continue reading

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Gen X/Y

At risk of promoting generalities about labels X/Y and digital natives/Net geners, enjoyed the thought piece from Alex Miller. For teachers in NSW DET about to embark on Electronic White Board release/Web 2 explorations etc, it would serve well as … Continue reading

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Superficial scholarship

Reading a recent article by Karl Kruszelniski on ‘How many words for snow do eskimos know’- resonated with thoughts on what constitutes academic scholarship. It  also highlights that we are better to have ‘open’ online knowledge environments to expose the myths, rather than … Continue reading

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School based social networking

Another significant survey on social networking- this one from NSBA (US) -gives us some more insights of teenage usage: 71 percent say they use social networking tools at least weekly. Almost 60 percent of students who use social networking talk … Continue reading

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Softly softly on Web 2

Organisations are at last coming to grapple with Web 2. Education.au and MCEETYA in Australia are both pondering over the pedagogical, organisational and policy issues associated with social technologies. JISCs Podcast throws up some good considerations, particularly the aspect of … Continue reading

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