Last month, attendees at our Internet Librarian conference in Monterey listened intently to the keynote talk by Lee Rainie, the director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project. In "Shifting Worlds," Rainie documented some of their latest findings on how … and how much … the Internet is affecting our lives.
Of particular interest to educators are the findings about teens: "We've done special surveys of those ages 12-17 and found to absolutely no one's surprise they are more connected than ever and their intensity of Internet use is growing … " Also of great interest, among the trends Rainie posits, is that content creation and content sharing via the Internet will increase—something savvy educators can capitalize on because of its appeal to students.
The text of Rainie's Internet Librarian talk is available online via the Pew Internet & American Life Project Web site. Click HERE to go to a Pew page with links to it.
And while we're at it, we'd better point you to a fascinating report Rainie coauthored, published this past August: "The Internet At School." From the Pew Web site describing some of the content in the report: " ... There is widespread agreement among teens and their parents that the Internet can be a useful tool for school. However, 37% of teens say they believe that 'too many' of their peers are using the Internet to cheat. And there is some disagreement among teens and their parents about whether children must be Web-literate by the time they begin school." HERE is how to get to the "Internet At School" report.