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February 18, 2010

There was an interesting article this week in USA Today called, “Tech-savvy ‘iGeneration’ kids multi-task, connect.” It left me with more questions than answers about “post-millennial” generation that is currently in middle school.  The article notes the constant access to technology.

Here are a couple quotes:

“It’s simply a part of their DNA,” says Dave Verhaagen, a child and adolescent psychologist in Charlotte. “It shapes everything about them.”

He goes on to say, “They know almost every piece of information they want is at their disposal whenever they need it.” Verhaagen goes on to say, “They’re less interested in learning facts and learning data than in knowing how to gain access to it and synthesize it and integrate it into their life. We’re talking about kids in elementary school and up and talking about much younger children who know how to get ahold of information. Their brains are developing in ways where they’re taking in astronomical amounts of information, screening out unimportant details and focusing on the parts they need.”

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