Random Access Generation

The other day, my two year old daughter was riding in the car with my mother. The little one asked to hear “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter. My mother then spent the next 10 minutes explaining that she didn’t have an iPod and could only listen to the music that the radio station played. The two-year-old so did not buy it. When I first heard this story, I laughed. Then I gave it some thought. My kids are growing up in a time of nearly unlimited access to information. I have heard this in countless presentations and read it in more than a few articles, but it took a toddler to finally beat it into my head. …wow, not to go off on a tangent, but “Bad Day” just came on my iPod (it is on shuffle and there are like 12,000 songs on it) …weird.

I guess I should come up with a point to this posting. I was fortunate enough to hear Marc Prensky speak a year or so ago. The exchange between my mom and daughter echoed his statement that digital natives are from the “Random Access Generation.” I highly recommend checking out his writings on this and more at http://www.marcprensky.com/.

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