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  • Upstate Technology Conference June 2008 Greenville, SC Presenter: Shirley Smith, Ph.D. Contact info: 803.609.0840 (cell) 803.932.9185 (home) [email_address]

Teaching Digital Learners Creating Cognitive Shift Teaching Digital Learners Creating Cognitive Shift Presentation Transcript

  • Why is it important to change how we teach? What are the mindsets of digital learners? How can YOU be a facilitator of change?
  • What is my perspective ? What is my attitude ?
  • # Communication & Media Devices in your home? The Consumer Electronics Association of America estimates that the average American home has 26 different electronic devices for communication & media.
    • Less than 5000 hours reading
    • Over 10,000 hours playing video games
    • 20,000 hours watching TV
    Average College Grad
  • Average amount of time spent per day among 8-18 year-olds Watching TVs & videos 3:51 Listening to Music 1:44 Using a Computer 1:02 Playing video Games :49 Reading :43
    • Think differently
    • Process information differently
    • Brains have physically changed
  • Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach. - Marc Prensky “ ”
  • No one likes change except a wet baby. --Anonymous “ ”
  • You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics. -Robert Solow, economist, Nobel Prize winner “ ”
  • Where’s the interactive whiteboard?!
  • Robert Garmston
    • All new practices; not extend past practices
    • New organizational ways of working
    • Challenge previously held values
    • Must gain new knowledge & skills
  • Re -think Re -envision Re -invent Re -align Re -energize
  • Can you spot the digital immigrant?
  • … is a process, not an event. … is accomplished by individuals. … is a highly personal experience. … involves developmental growth. According to Shirley Hord
  • This too shall pass.
  • Project Initiative Strategic plan New Product Program
  • Plan It DO It Improve & Maintain Destroy & Re-Imagine Continuous Improvement BOLD Leaps
  • We need to invent Digital Native methodologies for all subjects, at all levels, using our students to guide us. - Marc Prensky “ ”
  • What? What have I learned about teaching digital learners and making a cognitive shift? So what? What difference does it make to my teaching? Now what? What steps can I take to make the most of what I have learned?
  • “ Be the change you want to see. ” -Gandi