Learning Digitally: Empowerment with Responsibility

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The digital generation were born after the Internet became popular and approach digital tools with more fluency and often less restraint than the older generation. They also take advantage of a mobile …

The digital generation were born after the Internet became popular and approach digital tools with more fluency and often less restraint than the older generation. They also take advantage of a mobile and ubiquitous computing environment where customization of learning is key to their success. However, digital fluency and 24/7 access to an online world has it's delights as well as dilemmas. With this new empowerment comes great responsibility for all learners. Join E-Learning Coordinator and Flat Classroom Projects co-founder Julie Lindsay as she explores learning while digital in the 21st Century and shares common concerns and solutions for all parents.

This presentation will include the following:

* Characteristics of the digital generation and what it means to be growing up digital in the 21st Century
* Strategies for learning online and managing a healthy and secure digital life
* Digital Citizenship areas of awareness
* Possible solutions for common parental concerns about learning while digital

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  • Research is inconclusive. What we do know is our children have always lived in a digital, online world and therefore approach learning, research, entertainment and work in a different way.
  • Images and videos, digital storytelling, presentations, creating digital products
  • Homework, staying in touch with family, cultural understanding, blended learning
  • Teachers are taught to:
  • 1) Research the Technology and become connected themselves
  • 2) Monitor and Be Engaged with the technology and the learning
  • 3) Avoid the Fear Factor: Make a difference.  Fear-based education is shown to be ineffective in changing student behaviors - this focuses on the methods that work with students and promoting teacher behaviors that must underlie such an environment.


  • 1. Learning Digitally
    Julie Lindsay
    E-Learning Coordinator
    Beijing BISS International School
    March 2011
  • 2. Presentation Outline
    Part 1: Understanding the Digital Generation
    Part 2: Advantages of Technology
    Part 3: Digital Citizenship
    Part 4: Strategies and solutions for common parental concerns
  • 3. Part 1Understanding the Digital Generation
  • 4. Virginia Video
    How Technology Rocks Virginia’s World
  • 5. Let’s Talk!
  • 6. A View of Students Today
  • 7. The Digital Generation
    • Wired differently, neurologically different
    • 8. Have developed hyperlinked minds
    • 9. Brains able to process information in parallel not linear fashion
  • 10. 21C Learning Practices
    Digital Learners prefer receiving multiple information sources
    Digital Learners prefer parallel processing and multi-tasking
    We prefer receiving slow, single source
    We prefer linear processing
    Ian Jukes: The Digital Generation
  • 11. 21C Learning Practices
    Digital Learners prefer processing pics, sound, colors, video before they process text
    Digital Learners prefer random access and hyperlinked multimedia info
    We prefer to process text
    We prefer to provide linear material
    Ian Jukes: The Digital Generation
  • 12. 21C Learning Practices
    DL prefer to network and collaborate simultaneously with others
    We prefer them to work independently before networking and interacting
    Ian Jukes: The Digital Generation
  • 13. Eight ‘NetGen Norms’:
    Technology is like the air……….
  • 21. Global Internet Users
    As a % of total Internet User Hours:
    42% viewing content
    22% social networking
    36% ‘other’ (email, commerce, searching)
    How the World Spends it's Time Online. (2010, June 16). Visual Economics. Retrieved August 1, 2010, from http://www.visualeconomics.com/how-the-world-spends-its-time-online_2010-06-16/
  • 22. Misconceptions…..
    About children and the Internet:
    Safety – It is safe if you follow guidelines and know what you are doing
    Predators - Are a VERY small minority of users
    That children spend all their time on games - NO
    Research shows games used are mostly educational
    Talk to friends
    Socialize online connected with school
  • 23. Part 2Advantages of Technology
  • 24. Communication over the Internet
  • 25. Digital Creativity
  • 26. Association of Virtual Worlds Headquarters
    Real-World Experiences via Games and Simulations
  • 27. Learning in a connected world
  • 28. Online Collaboration
  • 29. Let’s Talk!
  • 30. Part 3Digital Citizenship
  • 31. Digital Citizenship
    “…the norms of behavior with regard to technology use”
    Ribble and Bailey
  • 32. What does this all mean?
  • 33. Elements of Digital Citizenship
    Not just a list of rules
    Needs to be flexible along with changing technologies
    May be family or culture specific
    Does not focus on what technology can DO, but on how technology should be USED
  • 34. Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship
    Digital Access
    Digital Commerce
    Digital Communication
    Digital Literacy
    Digital Etiquette
    Digital Law
    Digital Rights and Responsibilities
    Digital Health and Wellness
    Digital Security
    Mike Ribble: Raising a Digital Child
  • 35. Manage Your Digital Footprint
    Online profile – avatar, description
    Personal Learning Network (PLN)
    Digital portfolio (professional)
    Social networks and other online places
    Tertiary education – entrance to
    Future employment
    Google yourself!
  • 36. Digital Footprint
    Internet Photos Video
  • 37. Let’s Talk!
  • 38. Part 4: Strategies and solutions for common parental concerns
  • 39. Things Parents Need to be Aware of
    Children do not know everything about technology!
    Parents should:
    Get involved with technology education
    Find out about the technology your children are using
  • 40. Things Parents Need to be Aware of
    2. Consider where children use computers
    Parents should:
    Encourage use of computing in family areas
    Be interested in what is on ‘the screen’
    Find common online interests such as researching a holiday destination
  • 41. Things Parents Need to be Aware of
    3. Parental controls can be put on the computer
    Parents can:
    Install software that blocks sites and allows you to see what sites have been visited
    Remember, there are always ways around this – better to educate than block
  • 42. Things Parents Need to be Aware of
    4. Digital content is almost impossible to remove once uploaded
    Parents should:
    Help children manage their digital footprint by modeling good practice
    Discuss safe and secure online learning habits with their children
  • 43. Things Parents Need to be Aware of
    5. Technology is not always the answer
    Parents should:
    Encourage a balanced lifestyle
    Provide alternative ways to be creative and active
    Consider removing the technology – good parenting always comes first
  • 44. Empowerment with Responsibility
  • 45. Be a DigiParent
    In Three Easy Steps
  • 46. #1
    Research the Technology Connect Yourself
  • 47. #2
    Monitor and Be Engaged
  • 48. # 3
    Avoid the 'Fear Factor'Make a Difference
  • 49. Resources
    All resources for this presentation can be found linked from my portfolio at
  • 50. http://flickr.com/photos/oberazzi/
  • 51. Julie Lindsay
    E-Learning Coordinator
    Beijing (BISS) International School
    Twitter: @julielindsay