Google Chrome Now the No. 1 Browser in the World

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Google’s Chrome web browser just passed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the most-used browser in the world, says the latest data from a digital analytic service.

Although Chrome has edged out IE before for short periods, the last week marks the first time Chrome was the No. 1 browser for a sustained period of one week. Exactly 31.88% of the world’s web traffic was done on Chrome, according to StatCounter, while IE is a close second at 31.47%.

Although the difference is slight, Chrome has been trending up for some time, while IE has been trending down. IE is still the top browser in many regions, including North America, but Chrome is extremely popular in both India and South America — the latter being a region where Google’s Orkut social network also has significant market share.

Teens more resilient, technosavvy than older millennial

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Most teens like to take a break from technology and when they are stressed 82 percent said they want to concentrate on just one thing, instead of multitasking.Although teens are more physically protected by their parents than earlier generations, the surveillance does not extend to the Internet. About 70 percent of teens said they have the freedom to go anywhere they want online.

Young teenagers who make up the second wave of millennials, the generation that began in the 1980s, are more resilient, adaptable and tech savvy than their older counterparts, according to a new study.

The 70 million millennials, or Generation Y, have been dubbed the entitled or me generation. Younger millennials, aged 13-17, are very different in outlook, planning and use of technology than 20-somethings.For today’s 20-somethings when they were teenagers their future looked rosy, easier and bright. Younger millennials are thinking, planning earlier.Even in their early teens they are worried about their future, their job prospects and paying off college debts more than the first wave of millennials who came of age during the economic boom of the 90s and early 2000s.

More than three-quarters of young millennials asked said they worry about the impact the economy will have on them and their future. Sixty percent believe they will be worse off than their parent’s generation, and an equal number are worried about getting into a good high school or colleges.

The study also showed that half of teens are scared about violence at school, and more than a third admitted they plot out escape plans when they are in a public place.Unlike older millennials who pioneered social media, young teens tend to me more tech savvy, according to Hillhouse, and to curate and filter sites amd build gated groups online.

 

Techno-savvy Senior Citizens on the rise

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Not only are senior citizens becoming more tech-savvy, but their use of digital communications is predicted to increase rapidly. There is a common misconception that senior citizens are not actively using email or are less likely to use technology to communicate. In reality, seniors are tapping into technology more than ever. As more and more seniors integrate the Internet into their daily lives, digital communications is becoming the most efficient way to engage and inform. Studies show that senior citizens are fast adopting email as one of their primary methods of digital interaction and communication.

Social networks are also acquiring more senior users with each passing year. Since social media users are significantly more likely to check their email frequently, the rise in social networking among senior citizens signals a further increase in frequent email use.

As a growing number of senior citizens discover the advantages of digital communications, email and social media are quickly becoming their dominant method of exchanging information. Government organizations can greatly benefit from implementing email outreach campaigns and other digital communications efforts to engage and inform the senior citizen demographic.

Unlike other forms of more costly communication, such as direct mail or telephone calls, people’s preferences and response to emails can be tracked, allowing you to understand what is most interesting to this demographic so you can send information that is most relevant to them. Instead of waiting for senior citizens to come to your website, how much more impactful could your organization be by proactively sending these citizens the information they are looking for?

Digital Photography Helps Technosavvy Kids Focus on Nature

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Convincing today’s wired kids that nature is more exciting than technology is a hard sell. It’s better to find ways for children to integrate technology with their experiences in nature. One of the easiest options is digital nature photography.

1. Cameras Encourage Experiences in Nature

Taking camera-toting children into nature—whether in their own back yards, walking through a woods, or visiting a state or national park—catalyzes visual creativity. Children want to take pictures, so they begin finding all kinds of amazing subjects to photograph.

2. Focus on Nature

One of the most beneficial aspects of taking pictures is how it helps fine-tune our vision. Photography is as much about what picture-takers frame in as what they frame out. Children are able to momentarily dismiss much of what is around them, letting them focus on what is in the camera’s viewfinder.

3. Hybrid Experiences

Children practicing digital nature photography continue enjoying technology. By putting their technological know-how to use outdoors, they develop what Richard Louv in The Nature Principle calls “hybrid thinking.” The two pursuits—one technological, the other natural—fuse together two different intelligences, forming a hybrid way of thinking.

4. Memorializing Moments

Digital photographers return home, where they create slide shows, print artwork, or load JPGs onto smart phones for instant access. Nature is transformed from something “out there” to memories that remain. “I find it appealing to take pictures of nature,” wrote one 5th grader, “because it is like taking home a part of nature.”

5. Click-n-Share

Perhaps the greatest benefit for children is social interaction. By printing, emailing, or just showing the image on the back of the camera to others, digital nature photographers spread their enthusiasm for nature and for photography.

 

Engaging TechnoSavvy Kids in the 21st Century

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This is becoming a common scene. You are in a busy restaurant, and at a table, you spot a family waiting for their meal, or sometimes even having their meal. At the same table, there is the two year old busy sweeping and sliding his or her fingers across the ipad or iphone screen.
Our children are comfortable with technology, sometimes more comfortable than us.

They are digital natives, and we the digital immigrants. They come into contact with a wide range of technology in their everyday lives. More often than not, their homes are better equipped with resources that are far more sophisticated than those we offer in schools.

Technology is easily subject to playful discovery. Children enjoy finding out what to do with the remote control for the tv or the digital camera.
This brings us to the question of technology practices in the early childhood classroom. How can we truly engage with these digital natives?