Digital Natives: those born and raised in a completely digital world. They are your current and future students who never used a rotary dial phone, listened to a vinyl record, rolled down a car window,
owned a camera with film or looked up a book in a card catalog Digital natives have always used microwaves, cell phones, MP3 players and had access to on-demand video. The World Wide Web has always existed for digital natives.
Generation Y: orMillennials, born between 1980 to 2000. Grew up with MTV and are comfortable and tech savy. They have always been around digital technology.
Generation Z: born between 1990 to 2010 and into a world ever-present with digital technology, multi-media gadgets. Comfortable using most digital technologies.
Digital Immigrants: those who still look for movie times in a newspaper, use a telephone book to the number they want, remember when Johnny Carson was on TV,
when rap music wasn’t around and when there was a wall in Berlin or a cold war with the USSR. Many teachers and administrators are digital immigrants.
Baby Boomers: born between 1940 to 1960……..many are the leaders in education today but often lack the 21st century skills necessary for the digital age. Many Boomers are frustrated using computer technology and not motivated to change.
Generation X: born between 1960 to 1980, saw the beginning of the digital age. May not be a digital native but know that digital technology is here to stay and are concerned what their children are doing with new technologies.
As a teacher, have you ever expressed your frustration about your students with a colleague? “My students just don‟t _____ like they used to,” Digital Immigrant educators grouse. I can‟t get them to ____ or to ____. They have no appreciation for _____ or _____ .
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” Alvin Toffler, American writer and futurist (1928- )
What skills are most important for job success when hiring a high school graduate?
Of the high school students that you recently hired, what were their deficiencies?
Are our students ready for the new global economy?
Questions Emerge…. ? How do we create a rigorous, relevant, student–centered learning environment that better prepares all students for the 21st Century?
Questions Emerge…. ? How do we measure these skills?How do we capture the students growth in these skills over time?How do we engage students in the learning process to build these skills?
Questions Emerge…. ? Digital Divide: much like the achievement gap, reveals inequalities in access to technology between rural, urban and suburban schools; large and small schools; and affluent and poor schools. Unequal access to technology is usually present in homes and neighborhoods that are poor, rural and often urban compared to homes and neighborhoods that are more affluent or suburban.