The Digital Story of the Nativity

Christmas may be over, but then there are 12 days of Christmas, and it’s never too late to look at this interesting video!

Actually, I see it more as a Christmas story for Digital Natives! While the format has been updated with new media, the traditional values and message still remain and are important.

Have a blessed Christmas and happy new year, everyone!

Is Social Media Making Students Dumb?

I just read this interesting article about how social media and cellphones could be making students dumb!

It cites some examples from a recent report about how growing up digital could be wiring young people up for distraction.

  • 14-year-old girl sends and receives 27,000 text messages a month. The girl texts every spare moment she can. Yet believe it or not, sometimes she “forgets” to do her homework.
  • David Reilly, a high school principal in California, moved the start of classes to 9 a.m. Reason: Too many students coming into school “bleary-eyed” from texting and surfing the Web all night.
  • 17-year-old student spends hours every day playing video games and surfing social media sites. His teachers think he’s gifted. Yet he’s carrying a 2.3 grade point average. Instead of finishing the short novel “Cat’s Cradle” this past summer, he read Facebook.

Is technology and social media breeding a generation of restless students with short attention spans and abilities that at best can be for superficial analysis?

What do you think? Do share your views.

Richard Branson’s ‘Project’ iPad

Sir Richard Branson has done it again – got himself in the limelight, that is.

He just unveiled his latest project, Project yesterday. Branson calls it “a paperless revolutionary multimedia publication designed specifically for the iPad.” It will feature entertainment, travel, culture and business articles. You can download it for $3.

Catch the digital front cover of Project.

Branson’s efforts beat Rupert Murdoch’s bid at iPad publications. Murdoch has planned to launch an iPad-only newspaper early next year.

Whoever beats whom to get iPad publications to the public, it’s iPad that wins, as many publishers start launching their iPad versions.

In Singapore, Style Magazine has launched the country’s first interactive digital magazine, Style, on iPad. And it looks that there are more on the way.

With Google Books making inroads into the e-book market, we could expect more people curling up with their e-book readers and iPads!