Digital Natives http://www.marcprensky.com/ “ When I go to school, I have to power down.” -Student Photo from: http://earlycollegeofalaska.org
How Do We Engage Digital Natives? They crave: Social Interaction Customized Experiences Learning That’s Relevant Multimedia Achievement Photo: http://www.ecu.edu Educating The Net Generation - http://www.educause.edu/educatingthenetgen/5989
Players/Users exist in the world through “avatars.”
Some are game-based (MMORPGs), others are simply virtual spaces (such as Second Life).
Pender County School’s Second Life Island Scene from Warhammer Online
Extreme Engagement! http://www.ljplus.ru/img4/j/i/jibo/pir2.JPG Warhammer Online Screenshot Students are leading people from around the world (often 40 or more) to accomplish collective goals. These events take planning, coordination, and decision-making skills.
Extreme Engagement! They spend hours outside of the game collaborating and planning in forums, researching maps, statistics, and strategies to improve their game.
A Level Playing Field – Who are They Playing With? http://www.ljplus.ru/img4/j/i/jibo/pir2.JPG Source: http://www.harbingersoflight.com They are collaborating, online, with people from all over the world. Differences in race, age, gender, and nationality are no longer an issue. Teacher Ph.D. Candidate Stay-at-home Mom County Sheriff Researcher Business Owner Editor for the Senate Produce Clerk Business Analyst Instructional Technology Coordinator Technology Engineer Quality Assurance Supervisor Water/Sewer Technician College Student University Admissions Representative Director of IT Network Administrator Protestant Minister