NetGens 2.0 Article in Educause Review

February 25, 2009

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. One of its publications is Educause Review. Published bimonthly in print (21,000 distributed copies) and online, Educause Review takes a broad look at current developments and trends in information technology, how they may affect the college/university as an institution, and what these mean for higher education and society.

In the Jan/Feb 2009 issue there is an interesting article from the Director of Academic Computing at Dartmouth College-Malcolm Brown, about the current generation of college students, whom he refers to as ‘NetGens 2.0’, and their ready adoption of new technology tools. Of particular note is the comment: ” the authors of the recent book Born Digital state that a NetGens 2.0 student, when turning twenty years old, will have spent 10,000 hours online. To accumulate that much time at 3 hours per day would require just over 9 years; 2 hours a day would require nearly 14 years. The authors put it this way: 10,000 hours is equivalent to the amount of practice time someone would need to become a professional cellist.”

Read Brown’s article: The NetGens 2.0: Clouds on the Horizon here: http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/TheNetGens20CloudsontheHo/47939

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