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Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn Paperback – March 30, 2010
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“This book offers insight and help to motivate and maximize learning for the Internet Generation. Rosen offers invaluable guidance, support, and ideas for parents and teachers.” ―Eric Milou, Professor of Mathematics, Rowan University
“Larry Rosen's pioneering work in this field has been well-recognized by his professional colleagues - those of us in the field who are seeking to help educators, policy-makers, and parents understand what is happening as our society and our youth embrace digital media technologies. Larry's research-based, positive, proactive messages are a welcome relief from the unsupported fear-based messages that are unfortunately also present. Rewired should be considered a ‘must-read' by all professionals who work with youth, especially those in leadership positions.” ―Nancy Willard Director of Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
“Great resource for parenting the Net Generation” ―Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine on Me, Myspace, and I
“A timely and comprehensive look at the virtual world. Provides concrete answers to parents' pressing questions about social networking and how children live online. Written by one of the top authorities on the impact of technology, Me, MySpace, and I is a must read for all parents.” ―Dr. Kimberly Young, author of Caught in the Net and Tangled in the Web, on Me, Myspace, and I
About the Author
Dr. Larry Rosen is a professor of Psychology and the author of Me, MySpace, and I: Parenting the Net Generation and TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @ Work @ Home @ Play. He has over 25 years of research experience on the impact of technology among children, adolescents, young adults, parents, school teachers, and business people in more than 30 countries. Dr. Rosen is often quoted in magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, USA Today, and the Chicago Tribune; regularly appears on television and radio; and gives keynote speeches around the world regarding the psychology of technology. He lives in Dominguez Hills, CA.
Top Customer Reviews
The author makes a federal case out of multi-tasking, as if no previous generation has had the TV on and been gabbing on the phone while doing their homework. He actually wastes paper defining what an avatar is, and describing how Wikipedia works. At one point he even states that youth "use all capital letters to denote strong emotions such as I AM ANGRY AT YOU." If you're really that clueless, maybe this is the book for you.
The book also discusses how much kids like shallow bursts of information, and states that "even Sesame Street now has more cuts than ever before." Problem is, the article he cites is from 1980. He doesn't disclose this, but I knew this example was outright false, so I took the time to find the referenced article on Google Scholar. The truth is, Sesame Street has been using longer segments, and making fewer cuts per hour episode since about 2003. In another chapter, he shows video and audio podcasts as examples of technology that are more immersive than books. Really?Read more ›
Rewired deals with an interesting and important topic, the role of technology in education. The premise is that members of the "iGeneration", who grew up connected to all sorts of technology, have different learning needs from previous generations and that the educational system needs to make changes to accommodate these needs.
Unfortunately, the book itself is boring and unpersuasive. I think it would have been better as a magazine article, because there's just not enough content here to justify Rosen's claims. He can tell me a million times that the iGeneration uses lots of technology and needs technology in education too, but without any deeper reasoning, I'd really prefer to hear it just once.
One example of the lack of content: Rosen tells us on p. 36 (in the second chapter) that "two-thirds of teens say their cell phone is their most essential technology and half view it as 'key to their social life.' In fact, they place their cell phone as second only to their clothing in representing their social status." All well and good, though I'd prefer to see educational policy developed on the basis of trials and experimental studies rather than opinion polls.Read more ›
A big drawback of the book is that the majority of the sources cited come either from Dr. Rosen's own research or from non-academic sources like US News & World Report, CBS Marketwatch, the Washington Post, etc. I would expect those kind of pop culture sources from a journalist but not someone who is a professor at a research university. It's particularly ironic given he devotes a whole section in his book to the topic of distinguishing between credible and non-credible sources. Obviously it's a case of "do as I say, not as I do".
The strongest part of "Rewired" is the discussion of the various ways technology can help educators improve their teaching and assignments.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. Lots of good references. In good shape for a used paperback. Received within shipping window.Published on July 2, 2014 by psychprof
This book contains some helpful information. However, it was not as helpful as I'd hoped. The topic covered by the book is excellent and more discussion would be helpful.Published on June 17, 2014 by John P.
Larry Rosen’s book Rewired is a quick easy read that discusses the affect technology has had on today’s generation as well as how and why the approach to educating today’s youth... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by kk1188
This book was a little redundant. I feel that the author could have said the same thing in about half the pages. Fairly useful information but also mostly common sense.Published on February 11, 2013 by familygranberry
Before you buy this book, consider this: Among the »seven major arguments for changing our educational system to include more technologies«, the author gives (on p. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by ecomathematician
As mentioned elsewhere, Rosen seems to be unaware of things teachers do because of legal requirements and things they simply don't know how to do, implying that they're either... Read morePublished on November 6, 2010 by M. Steffens
I heartily recommend this book. Rosen emphasizes how the current generation of kids grew up in the digital age and how we have to notice the difference in their backgrounds and use... Read morePublished on November 5, 2010 by Jemmy Chien