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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Book on the Net Generation
Growing Up Digital, is an intellectually stimulating book, that explains the rise of the Net Generation in comparison to the baby boomers. Don Tapscott designed this book to give the reader a real representation of how the Net Generation feels about technological advances. He was able to compare a generation that has grown up with the television, to a generation who...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book--or Cyber Hype?
When reading this book you get the feeling that something dramatic is happening...for the first time ever kids know more about something critical to our survival than their parents..Tapscott puts this emerging subculture of computer-smart kids (if you can call them that) under a microscope--and comes up with some surprisingly positive conclusions...he describes how...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Book on the Net Generation, 22. März 2000
Growing Up Digital, is an intellectually stimulating book, that explains the rise of the Net Generation in comparison to the baby boomers. Don Tapscott designed this book to give the reader a real representation of how the Net Generation feels about technological advances. He was able to compare a generation that has grown up with the television, to a generation who is surrounded by this digital technology.
In today's society, children are greatly affected by the Internet and other digital technology. Tapscott goes to great lengths illustrating how this technology plays a role in their daily lives. These children that have access to the information highway are developing socially, intellectually, and cognitively much more rapidly than previous generations. They are being exposed to a communication link that is instant and cheap. For instance, a child can download homework that he/she missed from school or chat with a pen pal from Japan.
Tapscott explained that these web users are not "couch potatoes" but rather interacting with others. Tapscott not only informs the reader about the web users interactions, but also the way in which these "N-Geners" think and communicate with one another.
Don Tapscott has created some intriguing insights, which allow the reader to see the reality of the Net Generation and their advantages socially and intellectually over previous generations. Tapscott leads his readers into the compelling depths of the interactive world. I would definately recommend this book to individuals who are interested in the children of our society today.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book--or Cyber Hype?, 22. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
When reading this book you get the feeling that something dramatic is happening...for the first time ever kids know more about something critical to our survival than their parents..Tapscott puts this emerging subculture of computer-smart kids (if you can call them that) under a microscope--and comes up with some surprisingly positive conclusions...he describes how they're learning about life lessons--teamwork, friendships, values- all in their new networked world...His strongest points are on how the new media--the Web, interactive technology--are helping kids who normally struggle with social issues...even the shiest kid can be OK when communicating on the Internet.. and on and on... I like this book, but it often errs on the polyanish side, how kids are creating a brave new world with little downside...For a different view check out Endangered Minds (Healy) and the PC Dads Guide to Becoming a Computer Smart Parent (Ivey)..
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Teaching in the 90's: Rising with "The Net Generation", 6. Dezember 1999
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Don Tapscott announces the arrival of the "Net Generation" or "Baby Boom Echo" in Growing Up Digital: The Rise Of The Net Generation. For the first time in history the generations are turned backwards. The children truly teach their parents and grandparents. Businesses, schools, and governments all are relying on the expertise and ease with which this generation adapts to technology; that is, if these young people are part of the economically advantaged - those with the means to have technology available in their schools, homes, and entertainment venues. Tapscott contends that the net-generation is actually more active than the tv generation. Since tv is passive, it allows for little or no participation. The net, however, requires searching for information rather than just accepting others information. In this book, Tapscott outlines ten themes: fierce independence; emotional and intellectual openness; inclusion; free expression and strong views; innovation; preoccupation with maturity; investigation; immediacy; sensitivity to corporate interest; and authentication and trust. For the most part, he outlines the advantages of each of these themes. Below find his ideas marked with an asterisk. The ideas without asterisk are arguments he fails to emphasize or note. 1. Fierce Independence Advantage: Active role in learning* Disadvantage: Separation from institutions and creative autonomy* 2. Emotional and Intellectual Openness Advantage: Self-expression* Disadvantage: Can be taken advantage of by unscrupulous entities 3. Inclusion Advantage: Students have a global orientation* Disadvantage: None apparent 4. Free Expression and Strong Views Advantage: Range of ideas* Disadvantage: Exposure to radical or inflammatory ideas 5. Innovation Advantage: Creativity* Disadvantage: Overload of ideas 6. Preoccupation With Maturity Advantage: Writing skills advanced to make it seem they're older.* Disadvantage: Predators 7. Investigation Advantage: Strong ethos of curiosity, investigation, and empowerment to change things.* Disadvantage: Exposure to too wide a range of information 8. Immediacy Advantage: Light speed* Disadvantage: Deemphasizes long-term goals, fosters impatience 9. Sensitivity to Corporate Interest Advantage: Makes them wary of intentions* Disadvantage: Lack of Trust 10. Authentication and Trust Advantage: Makes child aware of rumors and inaccurate information* Disadvantage: Knowing it's impossible to guarantee truth*
Tapscott also addresses "The Digital Divide": the inequality of access to the internet. He points out that schools in wealthier communities are more likely to have internet access, and that access alone is not enough. Teacher training and increased community access are among his suggestions for improvement. Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation deals with many of the concerns and the joys of the new age. For the most part, it gives fair evaluations of its themes. The inclusion of many personal examples helps the reader through the maze of the new technology. Charts which spell out everything from "Cyber Smileys" to internet availability in schools helps the reader visualize the information. The notes and bibliography are an aide to anyone wanting to follow up and/or to present inservice information. The best about the book is that it clarifies and puts into perspective the change that has overwhelmed most educators. It takes away the mystery and fear that have paralyzed some adults. At best, it trains a few teachers to pass the information and spirit along. At worst, it passes over many of the dangers inherent in its freedom and trivializes privacy rights anf parents' right to know what is being taught.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Parents, educators and business leaders don't miss this one!, 1. Mai 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Growing Up Digital is a must read for parents, educators, business leaders, and anyone else concerned about the future. According to Don Tapscott, the fact that the Net Generation is the first to know more about technology than their parents and to control the use of the new media has serious implications that must be considered. Their expertise and knowledge are causing a power shift in the relationship of children in the family, the school, and potentially the workplace, and the economy. Throughout the book, Tapscott discusses the potential impact of the N-generation on these institutions and enthusiastically paints a reassuring picture of the new technologies overall effects. He bases his conclusions on anecdotal evidence, case studies, personal interviews, and research conducted in a limited number of newsgroups, chats and MOOs. His findings suggest that children have been empowered by the digital media to develop critical thinking skills and use technology to gather, evaluate, and synthesize information. They thrive on interacting and communicating, and are developing skills in collaborating and teamwork. Though they reject many aspects of the status quo, they are active proponents of saving the environment and the planet. They accept diversity and have global awareness and consciousness.
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.
According to Tapscott, as the Net Generation takes their place as knowledge workers in the corporate world, organizations must restructure to accommodate their networked learning/working style. Because they are the key capital investment in their corporations, organizations with hierarchical, top-down models of leadership will not survive. Only corporations that adapt to their needs for flatter, more open and responsive organizations and culture, and open communication will be able to maintain their human assets.
Tapscott's warn us to act now to prevent a digital divide, caused by the fact that many families and schools do not have computers and access to the Internet. He argues that unless government, business, and the private sector take roles in financing, building, and supporting new media technology growth in the schools and communities, we may end up as a two-tiered society.
Overall, I felt this book provides a powerful picture of the effect of growing up digital on the Net Generation and our future economy, social structures, industry, and culture. If we can adapt, the future looks promising.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Kids are All Right, 28. November 1997
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Actual Rating: 7.5
Are computers and the Internet dangerous time-wasters, robbing kids of 'real world' experience, or are they valuable tools that will revolutionize our schools and actually increase the intelligence and knowledge of our kids?
The problem is that most people just don't know. Our children are exploring places where many of us have never been and don't understand, and we're afraid they're getting away from us. Can we trust them to make the right choices, to become the people we want them to be?
According to Don Tapscott, we can. In Growing Up Digital, he argues persuasively that today's kids, or as he calls them, the Net Generation, are fundamentally different from and in many ways ahead of the generations before them. Digital technology has shaped them, just as television shaped their parents, the baby boomers. And it has done a better job than television, replacing a passive broadcast medium with an interactive, involving one. In short, he says, "the kids are all right."
There is a danger in technology writing; authors often get so carried away with the excitement they feel towards new technology and its possibilities that their books become little more than a compendium of gadgets and futuristic scenarios. Growing Up Digital is not immune from this tendency -- sometimes Tapscott writes breathlessly about such possibilities as intelligent search agents, virtual-reality shopping and computer-mediated education. Thankfully, however, these moments are tempered by a wealth of real-world case studies, anecdotes and interviews, and a very real sense of respect for his subjects as individuals.
And they are an articulate bunch of individuals indeed. Their words and actions reinforce his startling claim that exposure to digital media, especially the Internet, is creating a generation who actually think differently.
Of course the enthusiasm and expertise kids have about these powerful new tools causes worry: many parents feel threatened or uneasy about their loss of control. This unease is at the root of some of the current media panic about the Internet. But Tapscott also describes families (including his own) where this situation has been used to bridge the generation gap. Parents and children can interact as equals, and in the act of educating and explaining things to parents, children gain self-respect and confidence.
The book covers a great deal of ground, and for the most part it succeeds. Tapscott correctly compares the media panic about the Internet to earlier panics about television, movies and rock music. He does a good job in deflecting one of the strongest criticisms of computers and the Internet, that kids who spend too much time with them are robbed of experience in the 'real world.' He lets the kids answer, and their answer is "nonsense." In fact, most of them feel the opposite is true: they are more social, and have a wider range of interests than their peers who are not on-line.
Tapscott also explores how the Net Generation's unique qualities will affect the world of work in the future, and details ways in which families can deal with fears about porn, pedophiles and pipe bombs without having to resort to heavy-handed methods such as censorship or computer bans. He also resists the tendency of many in the technology industry to see free markets as some sort of perfect egalitarian force, admitting that there is a potentially dangerous 'digital divide' forming between rich and poor. His suggested solutions ask both governments and private industry to make stronger commitments to ensuring the people are not left behind in the rush to the digital future.
In the end, there's a great deal to think about. For those ignorant of the world of computers and the Internet, much in here will be eye-opening. And even for those who are already immersed in the wired world, the book provides an important and engaging look at the first generation that will grow up digital.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Higher Ed Faculty should read this book, 2. Mai 1999
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Tapscott addresses salient points about the Net generation and its expecations of educators, whether they be in K-12 or Higher Education. His discussion of the haves/have-nots (knows, know-nots?) is especially significant. According to the author, N-gen leaders of the future are already developing their global awareness and the next generation will be more protective of the earth's resources and more interested in a peacful coexistence. Let us hope he is right. REVIEW: Faculty in Higher Ed should read this book I found Tapscott's "Growing Up Digital" an answer to my ever-growing questions about the young people arriving on the doorsteps of colleges around the country. As I attend conferences and discuss the characterization of our "new arrivals" I am increasingly confronted with the question of "What are we to do?" Well, for me the answer is, in part, to read this text. I have recommended it to all faculty groups on campus, to my VP's of Academic Affairs and Student Services, to members of our teacher-training task force, as well as to those Universities to which our students articulate. Tapscott reminds us of the multi-faceted nature of the "issue" we are all facing, as we attempt to retrain ourselves, to prepare future teachers and to prepare for the next wave, that generation following (being influenced by) the N-gen-ers. I found Tapscott's insight into the Lap generation especially intriguing and his description of the need for interactive learning in the classroom a substantial challenge for faculty who have not embraced the new learning paradigm
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I agree with Tapscott's views - especially in education., 17. März 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. I agree with the author's view of the importance of computers and the internet with this new generation. Our children are growing up with this technology and aren't afraid of it at all - in fact, they are embracing it. This technology encompasses every part of their lives, just as the TV did in the children in the 1950's. It seems all throughout history, people are reluctant to new ideas and change. They purposely resist anything that drastically changes their environment. I liked how Tapscott addresses this issue and discusses the many positive effects of technology on the Net Generation. He addresses many current issues about the internet: What do children use computers for?, Are children benefiting from the use of computers?, Does technology improve the process of learning?, and many other issues. In Tapscott's opinion, the Net Generation is benefiting immensely from the use of computers and I agree with him.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Don't Read. Tapscott loses his credibility early in., 8. April 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I had high hopes for this book. I was very disappointed. The only good side to this book is the demographics, but even now I am doubted the validity of those. Tapscott early on tells the reader that this book was a complilation of net users and the internet generation's opinions. Some of the quotes said by the children is hard to imagine. THe quotes are edited entirely, and his opinions on the internet age is too baised. He is looking at the internet as a man who is 100 years old - before the conception of the internet. Don't read if you know something about the internet. Others can read it as a fantasy. In fact, some portions of the book are so far-fetched that would make good comedy at a University lecture for computer majors.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Tapscott doesn't realize he's a parody of himself, 12. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Another reviewer called this book a masterwork. Odd indeed. To prove he's a clueless boomer Mr. Tapscott doesnt even include URL's to the few interesting points he makes in the book.
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally, a true representation., 20. Januar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
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 how people my age think and act, written by an "adult" who thinks they know. What this book is, in fact, is an extremely real representation of how kids feel about technology. I was pleasantly surprised (to say the least). I'd love to thank Tapscott for writing this book, so that people can hear what's really going on from an established, respected source.
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