digital nation - life on the virtual frontier

Learning How to educate children for the digital age.

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Interview Highlights

Guilty Pleasures of the Internet

Virginia Heffernan, media columnist for the New York Times Magazine, touches on the anxiety we feel as a culture about spending time online versus reading

Quiet time is key to adolescent development, argues Sherry Turkle, a clinical psychologist...
1:53
Saving Stillness
School is one of the last refuges from our always-on culture, and that's worth protecting,...
1:12
A Haven from the Madness
Chatham High School students, like many nationwide, are increasingly surrounded by screens...
04:36
Old School, New School
1:53

Interview Highlights

Saving Stillness

Quiet time is key to adolescent development, argues Sherry Turkle, a clinical psychologist and the director of the M.I.T. Initiative on Technology and Self.

04:36

Rough Cut

Old School, New School

Chatham High School students, like many nationwide, are increasingly surrounded by screens. Their teachers debate how to handle their split focus.

:44

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Preserving Focus

It's not easy for kids to still and concentrate, according to the Secretary of Education, but it's still an important skill to cultivate.

4:36

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Virtual Education

While many hail the promise of digital tools in education, test scores have yet to improve, and it's because there are so many easy distractions available.

2:53

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Diving In

Digital Natives are great at finding information, but don't always make it past the first page of Google results. Should we be teaching kids to be more critical?

:48

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Attention Deficit?

Teachers today almost have to be entertainers to keep kids' attention.

3:35

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Countering the Urge to Multitask

Multi-tasking and digital media have impacted students' ability to pay attention, making reading more important than ever in this teacher's eyes.

1:12

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A Haven from the Madness

School is one of the last refuges from our always-on culture, and that's worth protecting, says Todd Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer is a journalist and the author of The Flickering Mind.

2:07

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Carving Out Quiet

Even this professor has trouble focusing on a book without consciously taking himself out of the loop.

Interviews

turkle Sherry Turkle She’s a psychologist and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.
nass Clifford Nass His Stanford University lab discovered some troubling things about multitaskers' brains.

posted February 2, 2010

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