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"An ambitious and admirable project... Meticulously researched and thoughtful."-New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review "Elevates the discussion beyond knee-jerk complaints about 'those #@#!! kids who are on their phones all day'."-Mindful Magazine Mindful Magazine "[The App Generation] possesses an interesting insight. 'Young people growing up in our time are not only immersed in apps, ... they've come to think of the world as an ensemble of apps, to see their lives as a string of ordered apps, or perhaps, in many cases, a single, extended, cradle-to-grave app.'"-Dwight Garner, New York Times -- Dwight Garner New York Times "Provocative ... Provides useful frameworks for future research."-Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly "[A] necessary book."-Roger Lewis, Daily Mail -- Roger Lewis Daily Mail "Gardner and Davis have offered a challenging and thought-provoking book: particularly rewarding for educators who are interested in thinking about how young people are changing, and how we might preserve the best practices of our profession while adapting the tools that define a generation."-Education Week's EdTech Researcher Education Week's EdTech Researcher "Here we have a serious consideration that a generation has grown up with an emotional aesthetic as instrumental as their technology. That is, this generation approaches intimacy, identity, and imagination through the prism of the apps that have surrounded them. Gardner and Davis further consider the proposition that 'What can't be an app doesn't matter.' But the authors do more than this. They approach their subject in a constructive spirit, providing analytical tools to distinguish among apps, the ones that will stifle and the ones that will nurture. In the end, they see a way forward: We are responsible, individually and in our communities and families to use technology in ways that open up the world rather that close it down. The App Generation is not anti-technology; it simply puts technology in its place."-Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other -- Sherry Turkle "The App Generation deals with a crucial issue for our future, and it is a pioneering and prophetic work in its genre."-Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi "This book is must reading for parents, teachers and policy makers. It presents a portrait of today's young people, not in terms of the traditional historical events of their lives, but instead the digital technology that shaped this generation. It compellingly and powerfully examines the impact, consequences, and implications for their and society's future."-Arthur Levine, President of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation & former President of Teachers College, Columbia University -- Arthur Levine "This compelling book explores what it's like to be 'app-dependent' and what life was like before the power of apps on our society. Howard Gardner, the renowned father of the multiple intelligence theory, along with co-writer Kate Davis, offers readers an in-depth look at the benefits and drawbacks of apps, and how the power of these apps can lead to greater creativity. "-Top Books for Educators,About.com Top Books for Educators, About.com "Many of the observations...are illuminated with careful thought and research [and] offer a readable and intelligent summary of where we are today."-Josh Glancy, The Sunday Times -- Josh Glancy The Sunday Times "Gardner is a renowned psychologist who has long decried box-ticking behaviourist approaches to education...he and Davis...build a strong case that a dependency on apps is having a reductive effect on young people." -Gautam Malkani, The Financial Times -- Gautam Malkani The Financial Times '[I]n the process of setting out their findings, they raise important questions: what is what they're calling "the app generation" - the young people who have never lived without the internet, without smartphones - actually like?'-Jacob Mikanowski, Prospect Magazine -- Jacob Mikanowski Prospect Magazine "A thoughtful overview of how digital media and applications have contributed to a pervasive app mentality among youth... The combination of conversational style and scholarly annotations makes the book rewarding for a broad audience, including parents and educators... Highly recommended. All Readers."-Choice Choice

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Howard Gardner is Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and senior director of Harvard Project Zero, an educational research group. He lives in Cambridge, MA. Katie Davis is assistant professor, University of Washington Information School, where she studies the role of digital media technologies in adolescents' lives. She lives in Seattle, WA.


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HASH(0x9f839630) von 5 Sternen Insightful and informative 6. Oktober 2013
Von M. L Lamendola - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
In a bygone era, parents and teachers provided the lessons and kids responded. With today's app generation, parents and teachers must take an entirely different approach. They are the ones who must respond, because electronic media have completely changed the locus and flow of information.

Does this book provide a recipe for what that response should be? No, but it does provide valuable insight into dealing with the app generation.

Typically, a book addressing social issues has an agenda. The drawback there, of course, is the book is intended to be a proof of a thesis rather than an open-minded exploration of the issue. The former can easily be a blind leading the blind situation, and that's why an agenda-less book like this one is so valuable.

However, the drawback of the agenda-less book is the reader isn't likely to walk away with a "correct answer" sort of conclusion. But if you need such a conclusion, you probably aren't ready to examine social issues because seldom do such simple conclusions reflect the complex reality. Things are more nuanced and layered than such conclusions permit.

This book didn't hit us with dire warnings that apps are turning kids into zombies. Nor did it herald a new age, in which app-enabled kids will run circles around their app-avoiding parents.

What the authors did was look at how different generations view the mobile app technology. They looked closely at the changes between the generations. It's a complex mosaic, and in that mosaic we find both good and bad effects. They provided some analysis of this also, without going very far down the opinion road.

If a reader can sense any personal opinion in this book, it's basically along the lines of "We want to look at both sides." It seems the authors are saying that technology can serve you or you can serve it; user discretion and judgment are the key. I agree with that.

Technology itself is actually neutral; it's how we use it that determines good or evil (can you say "atomic energy"?). Apps, like other technology, aren't always used wisely. But some uses are very beneficial.

The book seems to bear this out. If the authors were to belatedly slap an agenda onto their finished work, I think they would caution parents to actively engage with their children so that the devices don't become a de facto substitute for parents who are emotionally absent due to their own preoccupations.

Another reader might draw a different conclusion, such as the authors might warn parents that a dependency on apps is a real danger. Still another reader might conclude that the authors would say parents should encourage kids to expand their world with the many apps available today.

It's not that the book is confusing or its writing unclear; neither is the case. On the contrary, the book is informative and the writing is clear. It's that the subject includes positive and negative aspects, and their relative weights are still in flux.

We aren't finding kids drooling in mindless depravity while their IQs plummet to zero, nor are we finding them going to the other extreme, for example suddenly composing great literary masterpieces with their smart phone apps. What we are finding, according the the authors' research, is a change in skills, thinking styles, and other mental attributes.

This isn't new to apps. It has happened many times. For example, when calculators became ubiquitous, native math skills decreased but the ability to do more mathematical work rose. Or consider dressage. How many people today know how to properly saddle a horse? This doesn't stop anyone from traveling 500 miles between cities, does it? This mix of effects is pretty much what we are seeing with apps. This book brings us rich detail to help us understand the change, why it is occurring, and what its implications seem to be.

The authors do highlight the dangers of dependency, but they also highlight the opportunities of enablement. They provide evidence for both, and avoid hysteria in either direction. The changes are happening, and I think having an informed awareness of these changes is paramount for parents and teachers.

Readers of this book will gain that awareness, and not just at the summary level. Understanding specific changes and their implications makes for an actionable learning on the part of the reader. The authors sort the changes into three basic groups: identity, intimacy, and imagination. This seems like a logical grouping, and it certainly helped me stick with the subject matter as the authors went through it.

But how do they come up with their information? For example, how do they know how apps affect intimacy? They conducted extensive research. You can find out about it in the book's 10-page methodological appendix. They also tapped many written sources; these sources are provided in the 22-page bibliography. I did a spot check on the sources for quality, and was quite impressed. I often find authors tapping disinformation sources as if they are reliable, and these authors didn't do that. They used really good sources.

Including the Introduction, the actual text of this book runs 197 pages. The authors managed to pack quite a bit of insight into those pages.
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HASH(0x9f7ca618) von 5 Sternen Disappointed. 12. September 2014
Von Loves the View - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I looked forward to what Howard Gardner, who brought the concept of multiple intelligences to the public, had to say about the “app generation”. I was disappointed that the first 30 pages of this 200 page book were devoted to defining “generation”. Ensuing pages sprawled. The authors explore the “3 I’s” (Identity, Intimacy and Imagination) making connections and a few conclusions through anecdotes and brief summaries of research.

The book read like a draft. I think the authors were not clear on whether they were presenting research to prove something about this topic or whether they were describing the navigation of the 3 I’s as noted in the sub-title.

Injecting the studies makes it seem like something will be proven/disproven. The book would rest better on the anecdotes and if the studies are used, there should be more clearly explained as well as their connections to the result. Here are three examples of the kind of dangling studies in this book:

1. After a number of anecdotes and the citation from a study that undergraduates/recent graduates and their parents are in contact 13.5 times a week, the conclusion is that technology weakens the ability to develop an autonomous self and that the app generation needs to seek reassurance outside the self. (p. 85) Since the study is not explained, the conclusion seems to be a leap. For instance, does in include those living with parents? Family business? What is the nature of the almost twice daily contact?

2. The “Bermuda Study” is cited in the methodologies and mentioned (p. 11) as contributing to the book but unless the results are in the text unidentified or are buried in the footnotes (not indexed) we never get the results.

3. The authors allude to the identity/isolation issues of technology and connect it to neighborhood violence and binge drinking without attribution but site back up data for other contributing factors such as academic and financial pressures. (p. 78- 80)

Good concepts are introduced, such as this generation defining itself by technology while others define their cohort group by history (“WW2 generation”, “Vietnam generation”), the concept of digital immigrants and digital natives, current methods used to “package the self” and the positive of being app-enabled and the negative of being app-dependent.

I think this book succeeds in defining apps and how they are used. While this generation may well be defined by apps, this book does not make the case. Even the “Conclusion” documents other powerful social trends.

In July, I read The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains and was hoping this book would give more perspective. Unfortunately The App Generation did not deliver.
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HASH(0xa08966fc) von 5 Sternen A Book That Provides a Glimpse of the Future 17. September 2013
Von Dad of Divas - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a book that will open your eyes to the changing world around you and the children and what they will bring to our society as they grow up. Being someone who has read about the different generations, along with worked with many of the Gen X, Gen Y, Millennials and others, this is a seemingly apt name for this generation and the book is a well written account and preview of what today's generation will bring to society in the future. The topic is important for all to understand, not only parents, but educators, law makers and so many more. While the authors take a somewhat academic approach, I appreciated the personal reflections that were also incorporated within the book as well. This is a book that all should read, as understanding today's youth will give us a glimpse into the world to come!

*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*
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HASH(0x9fea6c0c) von 5 Sternen A calm voice in a sea of screaming 14. November 2013
Von Beth Annette - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I have read quite a few editorials, books chapters, even listened to podcasts that condemned or bemoaned the state of "today's youth" especially when the effects of wide spread technology and education are being discussed. As a 26 year old university graduate, I can nod my head and acknowledge that there are "issues" with both my generation and my much younger siblings' generation, however, I am often left feeling out in the cold, as if the older generation writing the piece is simple whining and getting on his/her soap box without understanding the context or having ever logged into a social media sight themselves.

Not so with Howard and Katie, as they refer to themselves in The App Generation. They come to the issues of the "app" generation with an open, academic, yet sympathetically human mind and access actual data and information given in a variety of studies and their own investigations. Three distinct generations, Howard's, the grandfather age generation, Katie's, middle age or parent generation and Katie's daughter, the youth generation are present fully in the pages of the book and used as the starting point of a useful and clearly well consider contribution to the conversations of today on of education, generation gaps, and technology.

I recommend this read to people of all generations, especially parents and young adults. If you're looking for something to bash over someone's head, you will not find it here, but if you're looking for something well thought out and fuel to start conversations, this is a good point of departure.
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HASH(0x9f7ca1e0) von 5 Sternen I found it a nice weekend read 29. September 2014
Von Ashwin Ramaswamy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
The framework of Identity, Intimacy and Imagination is quite powerful. Parts of the book are well researched and articulated about; while parts of the book seem quite pedestrian. On the whole, I found it a nice weekend read. Though about 25% of the content could be trimmed to make this book much tighter in its core argument
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