Reaching net-generation learners with social technologies

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advanced workshop at the CDIO conference, University College Gent, Gent, 16/6/2008

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Reaching net-generation learners with social technologies

  1. 1. Reaching net-generation learners with social technologies Maarten Cannaerts – DE NAYER
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ I find it very difficult to concentrate myself on boring courses.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>I'm sorry that I am apparently an inconvenience to your precious time, but you are my advisor and I'm pretty sure it is your job to clarify any misunderstandings that I might have….. maybe you should reconsider your role as an advisor…. I thought communicating with an actual person might be more helpful than trying to search for one particular answer in twenty pages of information. </li></ul>i dont mean too bother u but&quot;: Student Email and a Call for Netiquette BY DENISE D. KNIGHT AND NORALYN MASSELINK
  4. 4. <ul><li>Maarten Cannaerts and Greet Langie </li></ul><ul><li>W&K – campus DE NAYER </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Industrial Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Walter Lauriks </li></ul><ul><li>K.U.Leuven </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Physics and Astronomy </li></ul>www.linkedin.com/in/maartencannaerts www.slideshare.net/maartencannaerts [email_address]
  5. 6. www.slideshare.net/maartencannaerts
  6. 7. <ul><li>Uses E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Knows Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Uses Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Knows blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Reads blog(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Writes blog(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Knows social bookmarking (del.icio.us) </li></ul><ul><li>Knows collaborative filtering </li></ul><ul><li>Knows social networking (facebook) </li></ul><ul><li>Uses social networking </li></ul>
  7. 8. Reaching net-generation learners with social technologies Maarten Cannaerts – DE NAYER
  8. 9. “ Net generation” learners <ul><li>Who are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they really different? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do? </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>Who uses mail daily? </li></ul>
  10. 12. <ul><li>“ E-mail is for old people .” </li></ul>
  11. 14. FRAND, “The information age mindset” (2000)
  12. 15. <ul><li>A quiz with 7 questions… </li></ul><ul><li>(disclaimer: sorry, no prize for the winner) </li></ul>
  13. 16. ................................................... are not technology Computers
  14. 17. ................................................... replaces television Internet
  15. 18. ................................................... is better than writing Typing
  16. 19. ................................................... is a way of life Multitasking
  17. 20. .............................. is more important than knowing Doing
  18. 21. ......................................................................................... is essential, everywhere and always Connectivity and communication
  19. 22. .............................. is preferred to conventional logic Nintendo Trial and error
  20. 23. TIRO –> teens and ICT, risks and opportunities
  21. 24. <ul><li>… 9 out of 10 does instant messaging; 18,2% has an own website, 40,7% a blog. About 50% claims to have an online profile page… </li></ul>(TIRO)
  22. 25. <ul><li>“ Infomania worse than marijuana” </li></ul>
  23. 27. http://www.collisiondetection.net/mt/archives/2007/10/quick_can_you_d.html Less than 40% of the -30 year olds knows his/her own phone number
  24. 28. <ul><li>Attention spa m : </li></ul><ul><li>A condition resulting in a failure to process basic facts , due largely to having a mind full of useless information . </li></ul>Urban dictionary (word of the day)
  25. 30. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach. M. Prensky
  26. 31. Education is what remains after what has been learned has been forgotten (B.F. Skinner)
  27. 33. 1975 2006 26/12/2007
  28. 35. “ Life in the fast lane”
  29. 38. Modern Times
  30. 39. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a6/DOWNTOWN.jpg 700m, Dubai
  31. 40. Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.
  32. 41. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death.
  33. 42. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle. When the sun goes up, you’d better start running. (The world is flat, Thomas Friedman)
  34. 43. eBay for software development?
  35. 44. We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist . . . (former Secretary of Education Richard Riley)
  36. 45. <ul><li>Viral marketing specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded lover </li></ul><ul><li>Valorisation coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Technology marketing analyst </li></ul><ul><li>Digital media consultant </li></ul><ul><li>E-marketeer </li></ul><ul><li>Search-engine optimiser </li></ul><ul><li>Ambient technology expert </li></ul>
  37. 46. We don't know who discovered water, but we know it wasn't the fish. Marshall McLuhan
  38. 47. http://www.boingboing.net/2008/05/13/1939-marital-rating.html
  39. 48. Is “the net generation” different, or are they just adapting (better) to a different and changing world?
  40. 49. It’s not my problem!
  41. 50. <ul><li>It’s getting our problem: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We are training engineers in a changing world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adding more content to the curriculum isn’t going to help </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(msn) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The students don’t want to learn what we want </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can we show them the relevance? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  42. 53. Creepy Treehouse Effect
  43. 54. Creepy Treehouse: <ul><li>A place, physical or virtual (e.g. online), built by adults with the intention of luring in kids. </li></ul>http://flexknowlogy.learningfield.org/2008/04/09/defining-creepy-tree-house/
  44. 57. What can we do?
  45. 59. <ul><li>Stories, multimedia (video/ audio…) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trigger more senses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.brainrules.net/attention </li></ul></ul>
  46. 60. <ul><li>Make the learners more autonomous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to choose my tools and methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I skype, you skype, we all skype </li></ul></ul>
  47. 61. <ul><li>Open up the learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Weblogs, anyone? </li></ul></ul>
  48. 62. <ul><li>(been there, done that) </li></ul>
  49. 63. <ul><li>We’ve been doing this! </li></ul><ul><li>Adapting to the net generation = </li></ul><ul><ul><li>adapting to a changing world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>thinking about good education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>attracting external experts, making learners autonomous, using many different instructional techniques… </li></ul></ul>
  50. 64. www.zazzle.com
  51. 66. What can we do?
  52. 67. What did we do?
  53. 68. <ul><li>What’s a wiki to you? </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki is my middle name! </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki – hmm… heard of it </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki? Pedia? </li></ul>
  54. 74. <ul><li>Information literacies </li></ul>
  55. 75. <ul><li>What’s Lonelygirl’s secret? </li></ul>
  56. 78. 80% claims having good search-skills, but barely 50% does quality control on the search results (Mediappro)
  57. 79. “ High horsepower, poor steering” (OECD – Understanding the brain)
  58. 83. http://www.webdrain.com/2005/10/google-fun-google-2084.html
  59. 85. ‘ Work’ shop
  60. 86. “ Net generation” learners <ul><li>Who are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they really different? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we do? </li></ul>
  61. 93. The Personal Learning Environment?

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