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The New Houstonians, Kids and Technology, and Bats: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 25, 2014

In a typical year, more than 60,000 people move to the Houston region. They tend to be young (the median age in Harris County is just under 33). In many cases, they’re here to start or advance their careers, because this is where the jobs are. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss what […]

In a typical year, more than 60,000 people move to the Houston region. They tend to be young (the median age in Harris County is just under 33). In many cases, they’re here to start or advance their careers, because this is where the jobs are.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss what we know about “the new Houstonians,” folks who have arrived here in recent years, and are changing Greater Houston in many ways. We’ll talk about who they are with Patrick Jankowski, the Vice President of Research for the Greater Houston Partnership. And we’ll welcome your thoughts about how new Houstonians are changing the region.

Then, we’ll check in with Houston Public Media News 88.7 reporters Andrew Schneider, Laura Isensee and Gail DeLaughter to discuss how these new Houstonians are specifically impacting business, education and transportation in the region.

Also this hour: a conversation about kids and technology. We’ll chat with Frederick J. Goodall – you may recognize him as one of our rotating panelists for “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Fred also writes a parenting blog called Mocha Dad. The tagline – one father’s quest to be a better dad. He recently wrote about his developing attitudes towards his kids’ use of technology – specifically texting. He has some interesting observations that may break with conventional wisdom about how parents should address kids buried too often in their phones. We’ll also talk with Dr. Bernard R. Robin, Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s Laboratory for Innovative Technology in Education at the University of Houston. Dr. Robin teaches a course called “Computer Mediated Communication” and he studies how young people are using technology, and how much they rely on it. We’ll discuss what the latest research has to say about whether so much use of technology – including social media – is really bad for kids. Research on the subject is – perhaps not surprisingly – all over the map.

Plus: Bats in Houston. Yes. Bats. The City of Houston is home to over ten species of bats. And they’re not just cave-dwellers, as you might assume. Many of them live in our trees. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin reports.

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