International Symposium 1998 TOP
Learning to Learn

The Kids of the '90s: Learning to Learn
with Multimedia Internet Technologies

Idit Harel, Ph.D., President & CEO, MaMaMedia

CRN Symposium: The Evolution of Child Development in a Multimedia Environment. Tokyo, January 22, 1998, 2:30-3:00

In the 1990's, Kids are growing up literally surrounded by new technologies and multimedia experiences. For these kids, most of the technologies that we adults find surprising or even incredible are a part of their everyday landscape, a fact of life. As these technologies become more and more important in kids' lives, adults will spend more and more time trying to figure it all out.

Currently, a great deal of research and discussion has gone into creating a picture of what kids are doing with multimedia these days, where they are doing it, and even why they are doing it.

We are often asked - is it good for kids to go online? Does spending time on a computer alter their intellectual and social development?

These are very important questions for all of us to continue to research and discuss. However, in these discussions, a key element is often overlooked. We must ask ourselves, do we have a solid understanding of the kids themselves? Who are these "digital kids"?

In this talk, I will focus on this last question: who are these kids that are growing up and learning with multimedia technologies? what is different and special about them? and - most importantly for us - how can we build the best multimedia learning experiences for them?

What is already happening now and what could be our message regarding their future?


Copyright (c) 1998, Idit Harel, all rights reserved.
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