iGeneration - Who are these students?


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This presentation looks at the generation of students in our K-12 schools today. The focus needs to be on the students in our classes without stereotyping students as digital natives. The focus also needs to be on relationships and not on technology. The presentation was delivered on Dec. 8, 2011 to the Newfoundland Labrador Association of Directors of Education (NLADE).

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  • iGeneration – born between late 1990s and late 2000Generation Z – born in 1990sAlpha generation – born after 2010Generation X – born between 1965 – 1980Generation Y – also called Generation Echo Boomers, born after Generation X, born between 1980s to 1990s (also known as Millennials, or Generation Next)======================Pre Baby Boomers – known as the silent generation, also called the greatest generation (1925 – 1945)Baby Boomers – 1940s – 1960sGeneration X – 1965 – 1979 (some use 1977)Generation Y – 1980 - 2000 (some use 1995 as the end period)Generation Z – 2001 – 2012Generation C – 2001- 2012 – “C” for Connected, always connectedLots of conflicting terms – but the differentiator tends to be exposure to various levels of technology========Activity – Have everyone stand up and they get to sit down when their generation is called – “you can cheat if you want to sit earlier or don’t want anyone to really know your age – then you could choose to keep standing”
  • Lets not get hung up on the generation label, because what really matters is that you have to teach whoever is in your classes today!
  • Warning to not assume that all youth are digital natives and know how to use technology
  • Discuss which is more engaging for most people – to read about a topic, or to see and hear a quick visual of the topic? Most of our students who are immersed in a world full of media, would benefit from both – not just text – Differentiation is the key
  • Khan Academy video excerpt plays (Ted Talk March 2011)
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  • iGeneration - Who are these students?

    1. 1. Preparing for the iGeneration T. D’Amico
    2. 2. Digital Footprint 81% of children under two (worldwide) have a digital footprint 84% in Canada – 92% in USA 33% of children have information and photos online within weeks of being born 25% of babies have scans posted online before they are even born (Source: AVG, 2010)
    3. 3. Define thisgeneration? Good luck!
    4. 4. iGeneration Digital natives Net generation Millennials Generation M Generation Z Generation CAlpha generation
    5. 5. Generation ICTNot Information Communication Technology… In Classes Today!
    6. 6. Digital NativesWarning… Warning…Warning
    7. 7. Do all of our students know how to use Technology for learning? Digital Natives Digital Immigrants Prensky, 2001 Our students today are all “native speakers” of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet. So what does that make the rest of us? Those of us who were not born into the digital world but have, at some later point in our lives, become fascinated by and adopted many or most aspects of the new technology are, and always will be compared to them, Digital Immigrants.
    8. 8. Curiosity – Imagination - Questions
    9. 9. What happens to some of our students as they progress through school?
    10. 10. Inside a teen’s brain
    11. 11. Brain based research …to an actual evolutionary change in the wiring of today’s younger minds – a change in neural circuitry that is fundamentally different from that of their parents and grandparents. (pg. 24) While the brains of today’s young Digital Natives are wiring up for rapid fire cyber searches, the neural circuitry and some parts of the brain that normally adapt to more traditional learning methods are becoming less developed. (pg. 26)
    12. 12. Canadian Education Association Study
    13. 13. Does this instructional practice engage all learners?
    14. 14. How engaged are your teachers – whatsupport and tools do they need to succeed?
    15. 15. Compliant or Engaged Karen Hume Engagement is always about relationship with a person, situation, or activity (pg. 7) District and school leaders need to ensure that all necessary conditions are in place to support the kinds of technology use that can make a real difference in student engagement and achievement. (pg. 186)
    16. 16. Focus on the Pedagogy “ Focus on the change in pedagogy, not the technology. “Learning 2.0” is about dramatically changing the relationship between a teacher and students in the learning process. Get that right and use technology for a student-focused, customized, collaborative learning environment.” (pg. 148)
    17. 17. “…there is a huge paradox foreducators: the place where thebiggest educational changeshave come is not our schools;it is everywhere else but ourschools”. (pg. 1)Prensky, 2010
    18. 18. Which is more engaging?
    19. 19. Advantages of Digital Media
    20. 20. Advantages of Digital Media
    21. 21. Is it Digital or Bust?
    22. 22. Yes – if you vision your students like this…
    23. 23. Or this…
    24. 24. Today’s students look like the students of the past… but the world around them has changed – and now our teaching practice needs to change as well
    25. 25. Which do students prefer ?An engaging teacher who differentiates performance and assessment tasks?
    26. 26. Which do students prefer ?A teacher who assigns the same electronic fill in the blank worksheet to all students… for every unit.
    27. 27. A Closer LookResearch based on:Over 2000 interviewsStudents from theUnited States
    28. 28. A Closer Look In 2009 youth aged 8 to 18 spent an average of how much time each day using media (tv, music, computer, video games, print, movies)? 7 hours and 38 minutes per day
    29. 29. A Closer Look In the last 5 years the proportion of 8-18 year olds who owned an MP3 player or iPod increased from 18% to what? 76% of all 8 to 18 year olds own an iPod or MP3 player in 2009
    30. 30. A Closer Look In 2009 the average amount of time 8 to 18 year olds spent watching TV content on an average day was…? 4 hours and 29 minutes – an increase from 3 hours and 51 minutes in 2004
    31. 31. A Closer LookIn 2009 the averageamount of time 15 to 18year olds spent texting on acell phone each day was? 1 hour and 51 minutes per day
    32. 32. A Closer LookThe only media activity thathasn’t increased amongyoung people over the past10 years is …? Reading traditional print media
    33. 33. Help me transition to College, University, or theWorld of Work by letting me use digital tools to learn the skills I need to succeed
    34. 34. Do you know my personal interests?
    35. 35. Let me Explore and Create
    36. 36. Let me Explore and Create
    37. 37. Social networking at school and home
    38. 38. It’s more than technology that needs to change
    39. 39. Time for some new symbols in education
    40. 40. Is this one of them?
    41. 41. We transitioned from film to digital inphotography - Why not education?
    42. 42. It’s a networked world
    43. 43. Education needs to network beyond the classroom
    44. 44. The World is the ClassroomSchool is the real world
    45. 45. Mobile LearningAnytimelearning Resources beyond the classroom PersonalizedCurrent - Learningrelevantinformation
    46. 46. Digital Generation• Social Networking has doubled from 2008 to 2010 (over 18)• 95% of 12-17 year olds are online and 80% use social media• 88% of teens have seen someone else be mean on social networks• 55% of teens decided not to post something that might reflect poorly on them in the future
    47. 47. Emerging Technologies• Mobile Devices• Cloud Computing• Game based learning• Open Content• Learning analytics• Personal Learning Environment
    48. 48. Analog Leaders in a Digital World?Not in my school… those 800million people onFacebook don’tknow what they’redoing!
    49. 49. Top 3 Twitter Trends of 2011 #1 #2 #3Justin FIFA World Lady GagaBieber Cup (Source: WhatTheTrend, 2011)
    50. 50. Twitter as a targeted SearchAre teachers teaching social media? 1.6 Billion searches on Twitter each day! Source: Mashable June 1, 2011
    51. 51. Access to Digital ResourcesNo more VCRs… No more ordering… no delays YouTube Views Justin Bieber – Baby 671,051,966 Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor 444,150,709 Lady Gaga – Bad Romance 432,188,837
    52. 52. Educational Resources Anytime, Anywhere Access
    53. 53. Digital Learning Resources
    54. 54. Is your District changing for a Digital Generation in a Digital World?
    55. 55. Whether youbelieve you can, or you believe you can’t – you’re right. Henry Ford
    56. 56. Questions?Tom D’AmicoTwitter: @TDOttawaThomas.DAmico@ottawacatholicschools.ca21st Century Learning / Teaching Blog21st Century Learning Curated Resources Presentation Download: http://www.slideshare.net/tdottawa