Friday, January 25, 2008

preserving a culture of creation

From the Pew Internet & American Life Project comes a report about teens and social media. Their study reports:
Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004.
At the R&D meeting the other day, someone brought up the point that teens use the internet for entertainment while adults use it for information. Even if this is true, schools must recognize their responsibility for tapping into adolescents as content creators:
The survey found that content creation is not just about sharing creative output; it is also about participating in conversations fueled by that content.
Our students are creating. They want to create. No matter the future of technology, schools need to insure that adolescents continue to serve as content creators.

Where's the downside?

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