Either Larry D Rosen, Ph.D., is a genius pied piper of today s youth, or he has sold his soul to the ever changing vagaries of the world dominating technology empire Rosen is making waves and boatloads of money selling his siren call that urges educators to work with the new way kids think, i.e., their constant multitasking of media in the forms of iPods, facebook, and a plethora of online gaming and virtual living websites His methods demand that we relinquish our old fashioned notion of library and book learning in favor of virtual learning, with teachers as technology assistants and facilitators of classroom discussion Though I wanted to become Amish by the end of the book for fear of the possible consequences of ever demanding technology on our collective humanity, I admit to finding a few ideas for enlivening classroom time with my own students However I disagree that we need to pander to students inability to unitask by feeding them ever scintillating exposure to virtual media Rather than eliminating the linear learning model completely, who not simply replace boring textbooks with rich and real literature that speak to their humanity, as well as build up their fragile attention spans To do otherwise, to me, means abdication of their minds and future earnings to the never ending demands of bigger, faster, and fashionable devices. Look Around At Today S Youth And You Can See How Technology Has Changed Their Lives They Lie On Their Beds And Study While Listening To Mp Players, Texting And Chatting Online With Friends, And Reading And Posting Facebook Messages How Does The New, Charged Up, Multitasking Generation Respond To Traditional Textbooks And Lectures Are We Effectively Reaching Today S Technologically Advanced Youth Rewired Is The First Book To Help Educators And Parents Teach To This New Generation S Radically Different Learning Styles And Needs This Book Will Also Help Parents Learn What To Expect From Their Techie Children Concerning School, Homework, And Even Socialization In Short, It Is A Book That Exposes The Impact Of Generational Differences On Learning While Providing Strategies For Engaging Students At School And At Home I get that our children and grandchildren are digital and mobile than any previous generation And that we probably should use this fact in our classrooms But this book doesn t really give much practical advice about how to do that I also don t entirely agree that because they are wired we must completely cater to their technologies in all learning settings A mix of old and new teaching techniques is probably best. Rosen, along with Marc Prensky and Donald Tapscott, is in the this generation of geniuses is gonna kick our buts and we old fogey teachers better step up and start meeting their demands camp The trouble is that in many cases he offers no evidence to back up his claims they ALL have a kinesthetic learning style How do you know And how do you respond to the many education researchers who say the Dunn learning styles are bunk In other cases he seems to cite references but they are unpublished proprietary and you can t look them up yourself.Realistically, there is probably a grain of truth to what people are saying about the new learners, both on the evangelist side Prensky, Rosen, Tapscott and on the alarmist side Bauerlein, Carr but the issue is complex than any of them are acknowledging in their popular press publications, and the only way the question will ever be resolved is through defensible, reproducible empirical research. Just two years later and it is already out of date Authors who have not spent a lot of time attempting to reach high school students and getting them to stay on task and not wander off into things which in no way pertain to the assignments, irritate me In a perfect world, what he proposes WOULD be the answer Let me know where the perfect high school educator s position is and I ll be right there for an interview. Read this so I could understand my students and teenagers better Although Rosen makes some very good points, as compared with my personal experience, he exaggerates and overgeneralizes about the teenage population overall. Although I agree that the new iGeneration s brain is rewired differently and that our education systems need a drastic change, I don t agree with everything that the book says Yes, we need to adapt in some ways to how kids these days engage in the world but there are also other things worth cultivating in them, like the need to socialiase in real time, even if it would take longer because they re not comfortable with it Nor can we keep dishing out computer programs with rewards like virtual cash or pretty graphics Further, it doesn t address the real political, economical, structural and psychological challenges that teachers face everyday So I m not interested to do than just browse through the book very quickly. Informative, from Jay. In the first chapter of his book Rewired, Dr Larry Rosen poses the question, Why do tweens and teens hate school It s not a new question Teachers, parents, and researchers have been asking it for generations, but according to Rosen, the answers may have changed in recent years These day tweens and teens, or the iGeneration as Rosen called them, are bored with the pace of school It s too slow In their non school lives, these kids are actively multitasking watching TV, chatting on instant messenger, updating Facebook, and doing their homework all at the same time Contrast that to most school settings where, activities are still presented one at a time and students are forced to pay attention or else Rosen argues that to increase student learning, teachers should not discourage, but rather allow students to multitask in class and parents should allow them to multitask while doing their homework recognizing that they may need unlimited or extra time to complete tasks Rosen does a fine job explaining recent research on teens and multitasking they do a lot of it a lot than previous generations , but given the name of the book and Rosen s assertion early on that their minds have changed, I expected to read about brain research on teens Most of the research was behavioral, though, so I m not sure that they have been Rewired as much as conditioned Regardless, I accept the notion that they don t study the same way that their parents, or even their older siblings, did Throughout the book Rosen offers suggestions to teachers and parents for helping this new generation learn Much of it is how to incorporate the new technologies that students are already using into the curriculum and how to use them wisely I especially appreciated the chapter on teaching media literacy Getting kids, everybody actually, to think critically is important than ever these days Too many people accept everything they read or hear as truth Rosen offers some sound advice in this area The reason I knocked off a star and a half from my rating has to do with my instructional design background Most research over the years has shown that media doesn t really matter as long as the design of a lesson is good My take away from this book, however, was just allowing the kids to use the new media will keep them from being bored, but I think the key will be when teachers and instructional designers learn the best ways to design lessons using the new technologies. The irony of reading a book about how the Internet makes everything old school like textbooks obsolete will never lose its humor to me.The text is obviously dated.I became frustrated with Rosen s position on tech in the classroom It basically boiled down to, this is what they do, just allow them to do it and they will like school again I certainly agree we can loosen some restrictions to meet students where they are, but don t we have a responsibility to show students there are adult ways of handling situations they need to learn Take for example Rosen s insistence that social networks are perfect for student interactions because they feel safe behind a screen That isn t always the best thing The quiet shy student who is afraid to speak up is certainly likely to ask her question, but the obnoxious brat will feel even entitled to flex his internet muscles Creating a social network to extend the conversation and keep the learning going is wonderful, but it doesn t replace learning how to voice your opinions or questions in a face to face setting.Tech in the classroom Yes The way Dr Rosen envisioned No.Also, if I have any grammatical errors, it s not because I m writing this at 11 PM after a half bottle of wine It s because I ve embraced what Rosen calls the iGen s no longer limited to the proper rules of grammar and I am over our school s needing correct syntax and proper usage of English words.
Dr Rosen is Professor Emeritus and Past Chair of the Psychology Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills He is a research psychologist, computer educator, keynote speaker and is recognized as an international expert in the Psychology of Technology
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- 23 July 2018 Larry D. Rosen