Youth & Technology


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Today's youth are confident and comfortable with technology in a way that probably surpasses any other generation. Let's look at some ways to ... less use this enthusiasm to connectd with youth. This is the presentation that Bill Breitsprecher used with the panel discussion at the 2007 CELEBRATING YOUTH this January at beautiful Monona Terrace.

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Youth & Technology

  1. 1. Youth & Technology We Have Nothing to Fear We Can All Learn from Each Other By: William Breitsprecher
  2. 2. Impact on Youth <ul><li>Technology offers exciting opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Previous technology offered same promises: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Movies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Television </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Same Concerns <ul><li>Phones replace real interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Movies expose children to questionable content </li></ul><ul><li>Radio undermine reading, dull imagination </li></ul><ul><li>TV causes withdrawal </li></ul>Nothing new with concerns many have about digital technology
  4. 4. Rational Approach <ul><li>Put technology “back in the box”? </li></ul><ul><li>Do opinions really matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Each generation unique </li></ul><ul><li>Youth are excited about Internet & digital technology </li></ul>
  5. 5. Sharing is FUN! <ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Let kids show what they know </li></ul><ul><li>Share ideas, projects </li></ul><ul><li>Let them teach you </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge them </li></ul><ul><li>Do things together </li></ul>
  6. 6. Technology & Schools <ul><li>Ask children about technology in their schools </li></ul><ul><li>Are they: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Satisfied with opportunities? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enthusiastic about classes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning authentic skills? </li></ul></ul>Why assess every other subject area, but not technology?
  7. 7. Computers in School <ul><li>“ Problem-solving”, authentic assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Computer labs have unique dynamics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher not center of instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Truly “student-centered”; students engage themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible to accommodate different needs, interests, skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher can check with each student, one-on-on or in small groups </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Authentic Assessment <ul><li>Productivity software (MS Office, StarOffice Suite </li></ul><ul><li>Problem solving </li></ul><ul><li>“ Real-world” math, writing, presentation skills </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative, incorporate different views </li></ul><ul><li>Edit, revise, “work-in-progress” </li></ul><ul><li>Revisit with different styles and formats </li></ul>
  9. 9. Access to Technology Source for all data: Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community, Current Population Survey, 1984-2003 White Latino African American
  10. 10. Is There a Difference? 87.0% 79.1% 55.1% 42.3% 56.3% 42.5% 84.6% 73.3% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% White African American Latino Asian Home Computer Home Internet
  11. 11. Access & Income 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% <$10,000 $10,000- $20,000 $20,000- $40,000 $40,000- $60,000 >$60,000 White Black Latino
  12. 12. Digital Divide <ul><li>Reality is that access to technology is not equitable </li></ul><ul><li>Not an excuse to ignore technology </li></ul><ul><li>Good News! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ALL youth are excited about technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most are confident in abilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for ALL students </li></ul>
  13. 13. Home & School Access Home Internet Schools with Internet Home Computer Public Labs with Internet
  14. 14. Using What We Have <ul><li>Most schools can do more with technology </li></ul><ul><li>More and more libraries & community centers offering access </li></ul><ul><li>More work to be done </li></ul>
  15. 15. Technology@Club TNT <ul><li>Use media of entertainment to inform and educate </li></ul><ul><li>Youth produced PSA </li></ul><ul><li>Many online resources at </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating adding more interactive, social network </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>TNT Web to share computer skills </li></ul><ul><li>Internet and Web design, graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding other media </li></ul><ul><li>Outline basics of many information literacy and technology skills </li></ul><ul><li>Links resources, tutorials </li></ul>
  17. 17. MORE than Software <ul><li>Use technology with other media, art forms </li></ul><ul><li>Digitally record forensic, debate, theater, dance, music </li></ul><ul><li>Photograph or scan other artwork </li></ul>
  18. 18. Get Involved! <ul><li>Everyone does not need to be an “expert” </li></ul><ul><li>Share interests & enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborating is fun, rewarding </li></ul><ul><li>Build sharing, caring relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is great way to reach out, connect </li></ul>
  19. 19. It Makes a Difference High School Graduation Rates for 11th Graders with and without Home Computers
  20. 20. Adjusted Differences Difference in High School Graduation Rates for Children with and without Home Computers
  21. 21. Connecting Youth <ul><li>Many factors at work – more than just computers at home </li></ul><ul><li>Show you care & share </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate willingness to learn, open-minded attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Make a difference, one youth at a time </li></ul><ul><li>We can all help </li></ul><ul><li>Share positive attitudes about technology </li></ul>