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Teen Technologies July15 2009

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Teen Technologies July15 2009

  1. 1. Teen Technologies<br />Chad M. Gesser<br />Assistant Professor of Sociology<br />Owensboro Community and Technical College<br />July 15, 2009<br />
  2. 2. Anything in particular you’d like to learn/discuss in this session?<br />
  3. 3. “Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.” -2001<br />Digital Natives: “…’native speakers’ of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet. Their entire lives have been characterized by interaction and use of information technology. “<br />Digital Immigrants: “…those not born into the digital world but have, at some later point in their lives, become fascinated by and adopted many or most aspects of the new technology”<br />“…our Digital Immigrant instructors, who speak an outdated language (that of the pre-digital age), are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language.”<br />Prensky, Marc . “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants “. On the Horizon . Vol. 9 No. 5, October 2001)<br />
  4. 4. Web 1.0: here’s a web page I’ve created, I control the information you read, you digest it…now move along<br />---totalitarian<br />Web 2.0: here is information I’ve created and shared with you. You can share it with others, we can discuss it, it can be built upon, it can be easily manipulated. Care to collaborate?<br />---decentralized/democratized<br />“The Web is no longer just a way to receive information – it is a medium for commenting, collaborating and creating.”<br />Oblinger, Diana. &quot;Growing Up with Google - What it Means to Education,&apos;&quot; Emerging Technologies for Learning, vol. 4, (March 2008).<br />
  5. 5. Integrating web 2.0 for communication, learning, the classroom, and beyond<br />* Students have to use a computer in my courses<br />* Web 2.0 tools require one to be creative, abstract, and requires critical thinking. These characteristics assist me in efforts to help the student develop the “sociological imagination”: “…the individual can understand his own experience and gauge his own fate only by locating himself within the period, that he can know his own chances in life only by becoming aware of those of all individuals in his circumstances.”<br />* Access, creation, collaboration, and distribution of information is causing cataclysmic changes in individual values and beliefs (identity and interaction); social customs and behavioral expectations (communication and networking), social organization (Iran, China), and social change<br />Excerpt from C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination (originally published in 1959)<br />http://www.camden.rutgers.edu/~wood/207socimagination.htm<br />
  6. 6. Web 2.0 and Beyond<br />
  7. 7. Resources re: social networking tools, web 2.0, and social media<br />http://mashable.com<br />http://www.go2web20.net/<br />http://oreilly.com/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html<br />

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