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At the centre of this article there is truth, which is that our children need "new" skills and new ways of developing and using the "old" ones. However, I think there is room for them all, if the curriculum is formulated the right way. Inquiry-based learning, letting the kids ask a question and then search for the answer using a number of resources, is definitely the way to go. Personally I think there will ALWAYS be a place for being able to do maths the old fashioned way, so you understand how it works, but there is also a time to let the technology take you further, to increase that understanding. Room for both.
For a glimpse of the changing social media landscape for today’s teens, consider the Witt sisters of Champlin, Minn.: Courtney, 20, and Claire, 16. They have Facebook pages but only check them a few times a week.
The Facebook generation is fed up with Facebook. That's according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, which surveyed 802 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 last September to produce a 107-page report on their online habits.
Interesting article which backs up my own experiences with teen daughter. She is using Tumblr and Instagram and while Facebook is still in the equation, there is less reliance on it for purely social stuff.
Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Close your eyes and picture it. What is that space like? What does it sound like? How are people interacting? Is there movement? Is there evidence of work in progress? Is it tidy, or busy-messy? Can you imagine working there?