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14 May 2007

 

Tuned In and Totally Wired

Last week, Cable in the Classroom organized and presented a special session at the cable industry's annual conference focused on the technology and media behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs of today's students. Just as education administrators and policymakers are starting to look to students for their perspectives (for instance, see: here, here, here, here and here), so too are media companies and cable programmers trying to make sense of what the future has in store.

In this episode (MP3, 72 MB), we are pleased to provide you with the entirety of our panel session, with a special introduction by Cable in the Classroom Executive Director, Helen Soule. The panel is comprised of eight high school students (amazingly articulate juniors and seniors) drawn from five different Clark County Las Vegas high schools and moderated by the simply superb Anastasia Goodstein, a journalist and youth media expert (whose views are available online here and here). Kudos as well to the local cable operator, Cox Communications - Las Vegas, who put us in touch with several local teachers, who in turn helped us identify our student panelists.

The wide ranging conversation covers topics including: MySpace and social networking, blogging, communication preferences (email, IM, SMS, cellphone), TV and Tivo/DVRs, advertising, music (including the ubiquitous iPod), videogaming (PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, xBox), multitasking, internet safety, the portrayal of youth/teens by the media, their obsession with Apple and the forthcoming iPhone, and how their use of technology and media intersects with school.

It was an amazing conversation. Do take a listen and let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

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