The Youth Edge This edge describes learners today and how they differ from those generations before; more specifically the learners as “digital natives” and how their teachers as “digital immigrants” relate to them within the school system (2010, p. 213). Chen describes these learners as “Today’s students were born in this new land, are fluent in its new language, and are comfortable with its customs and behaviors” (2010, p. 213). The differences between these learners and the way in which they learn will need to be addressed in education, curriculum and best practices.
Digital Generation Project In2007, Edutopia profiled ten digital natives and used their digital profiles to construct three themes of digital use: Creating Collaborating Teaching
Creating with Digital Resources Students today are using technology tools to “express themselves, interpret the world around them, and deepen their understanding of academic content” (Chen, 2010, p.228). Some of these creations include: Music, video, websites, stories, graphics
Collaborating with DigitalResources Today’s generation socialize and work together using online forums, games, and social media. These students form friendships and other supportive relationships online and maintain these relationships through a host of web tools; twitter, Facebook, IM, wikis, and game consoles.
Teaching with DigitalResources The digital generation is using online forums to teach and guide other learners Students use websites, blogs, and develop multimedia resources for others to use in order to learn about different concepts. These teaching opportunities give students confidence and a chance to be leaders within online learning communities.
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