Sunday, January 31, 2010

Generations Wrap-up

The New York Times recently had an article on intra-generational gaps. While we've discussed gaps between generations, the article cites research from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life project that uncovers the differences in technology use with young adults 3-4 years apart.

Read the article and discuss the ramifications of teachers having to essentially play by a "new set of rules" every 3-4 years because the students they see today could function quite diffferently than the students they see in 2014. You may want to include several of the following bullet points in your discussion:

  • Do you believe that this is the case?
  • If so, why do you think this pace is accelerating?
  • Can you think of anything that you do differently than a slightly older/younger sibling?
  • What are some advantages and disadvantages of this phenomenon?
  • Since more people will have read this article instead of our readings that try to refute some of the generational studies, what would you say to a friend, colleague, administrator, public official, or a presenter at a conference who uses this article as a justification for their program or legislation?

To read the article visit

In addition to the entry responding to this prompt on your own blog this week, please make a comment on at least two of your fellow students' blogs.

Your own response to this prompt should be posted by midnight on Thursday, February 4th, 2010. Your comments on other students' blogs should be completed by midnight on Sunday, February 7th, 2010.

Stone, B. (2010, January 9). The children of cyberspace: Old fogies by their 20's. The New York Times. Retrieved from