Growing Up Digital: Rise of the Net Generation (Oracle Press Series) Paperback – 5 Sep 2000
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With the help of about 300 members of the Net Generation, or N-Gen, Don Tapscott explores what the Internet and other digital interactive technology is doing to and for our children. Despite fears that new technology is making kids more antisocial and less intellectual, Tapscott shows that kids are using it to play, build relationships and explore their world. And while the digital world has dangers, it also has greater opportunities.
Tapscott shows the role technology plays in how N-Genners learn, socialize among themselves, and interact with friends and family--often through insightful quotes from the kids themselves. Tapscott demonstrates how many clear truths, for instance that learning is social, have led to false conclusions, such as that computer use, being an individual activity, hampers social learning. And, with his N-Gen helpers, he puts the hype about Net porn in perspective. As one 15-year-old puts it, "I have never 'stumbled' into a site I didn't want to see. Not like on TV where I have occasionally flicked the channel only to 'stumble' into some gruesome murder scene." Yet the author also acknowledges that every new development has its problems and offers commonsense caution, quoting Alan Kay: "We don't have natural defenses against fat, sugar, salt, alcohol, alkaloids--or media. Television should be the last mass-communications medium to be naively designed and put into the world without a surgeon general's warning." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Growing Up Digital has some very good insights
Like most US business books, Growing Up Digital, has some very good insights.
Tapscott, a US internet guru, explores the simple premise that the "net generation" will have a huge impact on the way we work. That's because they are teaching us. "n-genners" are today's two-to 22-year-olds who have grown up digital, and are utterly comfortable with technology. In fact, such is the speed at which kids are outpacing adults, there is now a generation 'lap' rather than 'gap'.
This book helps explain the draw of the computer for children, and how it affects the way they think.
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Tapscott creates a roadmap of the changes he believes must take place in education and industry in order to accommodate the n-generation. He outlines the new role that teachers must take-that of facilitator and motivator--and urges a shift from pedagogy to the creation of learning partnerships and learning cultures with both teachers and students participating in the design. He proposes a learning model of student-centered discovery enabled by emerging technologies.Read more ›
Like Mr. Tapscott apparently many of the parents of these children are techno illiterate. The false conclusion tappie reaches is that this makes the children experts and masters of the technology. By the examples they give, most are merely superficial users of a technology - not creators or shapers of technology.
In summary what can you expect from a book written by a boomer guided by a bunch of teenagers. Find a real teenager to talk to and skip this book.
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This book is a great book to read if you are interested in the net generation and how they will affect our future. Read morePublished on 1 April 1999
I liked this book. Don Tapscott adequately discusses the importance of the Net Generations' influence on our society's education system, culture, government, and commerce. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 1999
I'm a 17 year old from Toronto (an "N-gener"). When I picked up a copy of this book, I expected to find what I always see - a skewed, assumtion-based, innacurate view of... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 1999
Just when I thought I had a handle on the n-gen's way of thinking and communicating, Tapscott reveals even more insights. GUD is a paradigm shifting read. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 1998
As someone mentioned in this book, I would like to say it was a great experience and an excellent book. Lots of research and time was put forth and it's obvious. My congrats. Read morePublished on 18 Oct. 1998
This drags a bit, but the pretense is interesting: the grade school kids of today are growing up with computers. They won't fear them, they'll demand more of them. Read morePublished on 5 Sept. 1998
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