Digital Nation

PBS in the US aired a fascinating documentary called Digital Nation this week which everyone should watch, but especially teachers since a lot of it deals with the issues of how social media and the net are affecting the classroom and student behaviors.

I myself have long felt there needs to be a paradigm shift in the way we teach kids today, as the old system is becoming less and less effective. That said, as this excellent documentary shows the over-stimulation provided by constantly being in touch with the world is actually harming students and their performance in some ways as well, so we need to be careful about how we go about this.

For example, today’s kids tend to be chronic multitaskers, something that isn’t helping them or their ability to focus or get their work done. They think they can handle it, but as this documentary proves, they clearly can’t. So give it a watch:

Twin Stars Review on Wander Radio

Episode 48 of the Wander Radio podcast has an excellent review of Twin Stars by Alexa Chipman that is worth listening to. (I’d hire that girl as my head of advertising if I were making any money at this!)  Of course, Wander Radio is usually worth a listen with it’s eclectic format of music, reviews and news, so go give it a try! You just might like it!