The reporter, Gary Haber, briefly references the ETS Information and Communication Technology Literacy Assessment and the Pew Internet and American Life Project, among others, and intermingles student perspectives with faculty and administrator views.
One thing that always interests me personally is the notion of "authority" and how it's constructed. I'd like my students to be able to think critically about what the encounter online, but I don't know that I necessarily want them creating a sort of good/bad binary based only on publisher and currency.
The Kaiser Family Foundation's new report, Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year-olds looks like the kind of research that I'd like to read to get better insight into the effects of multimedia on the next generation of students. Since I don't have the time at the moment, I'll have to be satisfied with these interesting notes from the report courtesy of Eide Neurolearning Blog:
Heavy video game use does not mean less reading - in fact heavy game players seemed to read more and spend more time with their parents (see full report for details of this)- but there seem to be some mixed results. Children with the poorest grades, had the lowest times spent reading (no surprise), but also spent more time each day playing video games.
Meanwhile, CBS News coverage provides a different look at the report, including a concern about multitasking:
What effect so-called "media multitasking" has on the often fragile ability of kids to focus is unclear because detailed research is quite new, said Vicky Rideout, the foundation vice president who directed the study.
I just read this exciting news about how scientists have found a way to read a stash of ancient texts found in a garbage dump in Egypt in the late 19th century. They are using infra-red technology to slowly decipher these writings, which have remained completely illegible.
They predict that this will increase our canon of Ancient Greek and Roman texts by at least a fifth, and already some VERY tantalizing works, long unknown except by reference in other texts, are showing up--including Sophocles trea
The other night, about a third of my American Lit survey class insisted on sitting on the floor. They pushed the chairs aside and clumped together in the front of the room. The weather was nice, but we couldn't go outside because a student was using her blog for her presentation. So I guess this was the next best thing.