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How far back does ICT-style identity construction go? Eons, perhaps...

This is a post that was written by the wonderful Ed Flagg before he passed away. His recommendation remains valuable as do the questions he poses, so I am sharing it again - hope you enjoy. Hazel

Here is an interesting excerpt from an interview with Melvin Konner, a professor in the departments of anthropology and of neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University, USA. His latest book, "The Evolution of Childhood," is an extraordinary look into how we grow,adapt and develop.

is the full interview on 'Why your kids act the way they do'.


There's been a lot of talk lately about how the Internet age is warping children — by making them more impatient and more prone to multitasking. Does this have the potential to fundamentally change human childhood, or is it just the human brain adapting to new technology?

One of the interesting things that happened over the last three or four generations is that IQ has been increasing. Some people say that it’s because of technology and increasing access to information. But early in our evolution we lived in small face-to-face groups, where people were talking to each other all the time, all day and well into the night, and where relationships were critical. In some ways things like Facebook are a return to the very strong connectedness of communities that we evolved but lost. Kids are recovering it through technology; it’s very interesting. I think it’ll be interesting to see how future human evolution will be affected by it.


How much do you suppose we are tapping into that earlier time when "relationships were critical" with our use of web 2.0 and ICT enhanced teaching and learning? What implications might that have for the ways we approach it? For the ways we have to learn and unlearn T&L behaviours in the light of ICT? For the ways our students are already using the technology?


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Comment by Helen Martin on June 8, 2010 at 13:02
Interesting interview - and good questions.

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