There’s to be a conference in Wolverhampton, UK in October on ‘Inspiring the iGeneration’ which is being organised by the energetic Sarah McNichol. Even if you can’t get to the conference, check out the wiki. There are lots of terms now for the present generation of post-teens, teenagers and sub-teens (new term?). ‘iGeneration’ apparently is based on those who use iPods although given the use of iPods by people of my baby boomer generation, this seems a bit out of date. It’s interesting that the ‘i’ in ‘iGeneration’ refers to ICT more than information. Every generation has been an iGeneration in information terms but I think that one of the challenges for teacher librarians/school librarians/SLMSs (pick a name) is that the present iGeneration are a lot better at handling the ICT aspect of the ‘i’ and less good at handling the information aspect.
In Australia, this is the magpie season and this means for cyclists like me (and some walkers and runners) that some of these normally placid creatures who normally gurgle away in the early morning, transform themselves into dive bombers. My cycling helmet has several dents caused by the beaks and feet of magpies. This only last for 6 weeks during the nesting season. It’s illegal to harm magpies, who are protecting their nests – so I just cycle faster!