Cowboys and Aliens: Capturing the Digital Natives

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A powerpoint slideshow that accompanies a talk that @brookwarner and @timcleary give around New Zealand. Heavily influenced by @dontapscott, the presenters argue that we need to "listen to the kids, adopt their tools, and begin to see the world through their eyes". The presenters work for @2ndcitystudios who are building an online VW based on the storyline of the Bible. View the videos linked in this presentation here: http://aisnz.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/don-tapscott-shaping-ideas/

and:
http://aisnz.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/the-future-of-education-tedxtoronto-don-tapscott/

Accompanying article:
http://aisnz.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/cowboys-and-aliens-capturing-the-digital-natives/

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Cowboys and Aliens: Capturing the Digital Natives

  1. 1. TELL AN ALTERNATIVE STORYSaturday, 15 June 13
  2. 2. COWBOYS & ALIENSCAPTURING THE DIGITAL NATIVESDigital technology has changed nearly everything. Is your church/school prepared to engagethe digital generation? Does your church/school understand the digital generation and theway they think? Are you hearing their voice? Do you think just having a Facebook account isenough? The team from 2ndcity Studios are here to open this world up to you, and show youhow learning, thinking, and culture are being shaped by digital technology and digital natives.Saturday, 15 June 13
  3. 3. Don TapscottHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCE DETERMINESHOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIREDSaturday, 15 June 13
  4. 4. Neural PlasticityHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCEDETERMINES HOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIREDSaturday, 15 June 13
  5. 5. Neural PlasticityHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCEDETERMINES HOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIRED→ PASSIVE RECIPIENTSaturday, 15 June 13
  6. 6. Neural PlasticityHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCEDETERMINES HOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIRED→ PASSIVE RECIPIENT→ LISTENING & INDIVIDUALISATIONSaturday, 15 June 13
  7. 7. Neural PlasticityHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCEDETERMINES HOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIRED→ PASSIVE RECIPIENT→ LISTENING & INDIVIDUALISATION→ ONE SIZE FITS ALLSaturday, 15 June 13
  8. 8. Neural PlasticityHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCEDETERMINES HOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIRED→ ACTIVE PARTICIPATION→ PASSIVE RECIPIENT→ LISTENING & INDIVIDUALISATION→ ONE SIZE FITS ALLSaturday, 15 June 13
  9. 9. Neural PlasticityHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCEDETERMINES HOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIRED→ ACTIVE PARTICIPATION→ COLLABORATION & COMMUNITY→ PASSIVE RECIPIENT→ LISTENING & INDIVIDUALISATION→ ONE SIZE FITS ALLSaturday, 15 June 13
  10. 10. Neural PlasticityHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCEDETERMINES HOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIRED→ ACTIVE PARTICIPATION→ COLLABORATION & COMMUNITY→ AUTHENTICITY→ PASSIVE RECIPIENT→ LISTENING & INDIVIDUALISATION→ ONE SIZE FITS ALLSaturday, 15 June 13
  11. 11. Today’s world• A connected & social world• An instant information world• A transparent world• An interactive worldHOW TODAYS TEENS ARE SPENDING EXTENDED ADOLESCENCESaturday, 15 June 13
  12. 12. Neural PlasticityHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCEDETERMINES HOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIREDWITH THESE KIDS?The QUESTION BECOMES:HOW DO WE DOEDUCATIONSaturday, 15 June 13
  13. 13. Pedagogy forDigital NativesSaturday, 15 June 13
  14. 14. Pedagogy forDigital Natives• A talking head is not good• this is anti-active participation!• No longer the sage (on the stage)• Community, conversation, collaboration• Fail softly• Bigger meaningSaturday, 15 June 13
  15. 15. BIGGER THANTHEMSELVESSaturday, 15 June 13
  16. 16. BIGGER THAN THEMSELVESWe want to believe in what we do – so much sothat volunteerism is at an all time high amongstMillennials. We want to belong to something,something we can believe in, something thatgives our lives purpose because it is biggerthan us.Something that is the same size as youdoesn’t really give you a deep sense ofpurpose – because, let’s face it, you came upwith the idea and you could stop it at any point.Things that provide meaning and purposeneed to go on without us, and despite us.Saturday, 15 June 13
  17. 17. ACTIVE, NOT PASSIVE→ REJECTION OF DUALISM→ AUTHENTICITY→ A DESIRE TO PARTICIPATE→ I WANT TO DO SOMETHING!THERE NEEDS TO BE AN OUTLET FOR THE IMAGINATIONSaturday, 15 June 13
  18. 18. ACTIVE, NOT PASSIVE→ REJECTION OF DUALISM→ AUTHENTICITY→ A DESIRE TO PARTICIPATE→ I WANT TO DO SOMETHING!THERE NEEDS TO BE AN OUTLET FOR THE IMAGINATIONSaturday, 15 June 13
  19. 19. ACTIVE, NOT PASSIVE→ REJECTION OF DUALISM→ AUTHENTICITY→ A DESIRE TO PARTICIPATE→ I WANT TO DO SOMETHING!THERE NEEDS TO BE AN OUTLET FOR THE IMAGINATIONSaturday, 15 June 13
  20. 20. “if you look at Twitter in a very narrow way, and justthink (like I did initially), “Why does anyone careabout all of these little, mundane updates…” then itwill seem like a total waste of time. However, whatTwitter does is lets you into the life of yourfriends/co-workers/family in a way that isunlike any other. You hear about the little things,the day-to-day elements of their lives that youwould generally miss out on – and all of that addsup to knowing your friends in a “different” way – asocial sixth sense – another layer deeper into theirlives.”http://pomomusings.com/2008/09/07/twitter/COLLABORATIVE, COMMUNAL, AUTHENTICSaturday, 15 June 13
  21. 21. So why has Twitter been so misunderstood?Because it’s experiential. Scrolling through randomTwitter messages can’t explain the appeal. Youhave to do it — and, more importantly, do it withfriends.http://pomomusings.com/2008/09/07/twitter/COLLABORATIVE, COMMUNAL, AUTHENTICSaturday, 15 June 13
  22. 22. So why has Twitter been so misunderstood?Because it’s experiential. Scrolling through randomTwitter messages can’t explain the appeal. Youhave to do it — and, more importantly, do it withfriends.http://pomomusings.com/2008/09/07/twitter/COLLABORATIVE, COMMUNAL, AUTHENTICactiveparticipation!Saturday, 15 June 13
  23. 23. So why has Twitter been so misunderstood?Because it’s experiential. Scrolling through randomTwitter messages can’t explain the appeal. Youhave to do it — and, more importantly, do it withfriends.http://pomomusings.com/2008/09/07/twitter/COLLABORATIVE, COMMUNAL, AUTHENTICactiveparticipation!Authentic!Saturday, 15 June 13
  24. 24. So why has Twitter been so misunderstood?Because it’s experiential. Scrolling through randomTwitter messages can’t explain the appeal. Youhave to do it — and, more importantly, do it withfriends.http://pomomusings.com/2008/09/07/twitter/COLLABORATIVE, COMMUNAL, AUTHENTICactiveparticipation!community!Authentic!Saturday, 15 June 13
  25. 25. When leaders come together to talk about vitalministry, it’s less about hearing a lecture from theexpert, and more about a conversation withfriends.Which means that two things have to happen inorder for me to be an effective communicator in ashifting culture:(1) I have to have some sort of mechanism in whichI can hear readers talk back and(2) I need to be accessible and able to developrelationships with people.http://tribalchurch.org/?p=858So What?Saturday, 15 June 13
  26. 26. Neural PlasticityHOW YOU SPEND EXTENDED ADOLESCENCEDETERMINES HOW YOUR BRAIN GETS WIREDWITH THESE KIDS?The QUESTION BECOMES:HOW DO WE DOEDUCATIONSaturday, 15 June 13
  27. 27. MY ANSWER: ImaginationSaturday, 15 June 13
  28. 28. MY ANSWER: ImaginationWE NEED TORECAPTURE THEIMAGINATIONS OF OUR YOUTHSaturday, 15 June 13
  29. 29. MY ANSWER: ImaginationWE NEED TORECAPTURE THEIMAGINATIONS OF OUR YOUTHBUT WE NEED TO DO IT IN A WAY THAT IS:→ ACTIVE RATHER THAN PASSIVE→ COLLABORATIVE & INVOLVES COMMUNITY→ BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES→ AUTHENTIC AND CREATES VALUE / CAUSES CHANGE→ FUN!Saturday, 15 June 13
  30. 30. Case Study:GamificationSaturday, 15 June 13
  31. 31. Gamification• Jane McGonigal• need to game more!• fail softly• zone of proximaldevelopment• 6 fixes for reality• Gabe ZichermannSaturday, 15 June 13
  32. 32. The “How?” ChasmSaturday, 15 June 13
  33. 33. The “How?” ChasmThe “Why” The “WhAT”The “HOW”Saturday, 15 June 13
  34. 34. The “How?” ChasmThe “Why” The “WhAT”The “HOW”Saturday, 15 June 13
  35. 35. The “How?” ChasmSPARK THEIMAGINATIONThe “Why” The “WhAT”The “HOW”Saturday, 15 June 13
  36. 36. The “How?” ChasmSPARK THEIMAGINATIONThe “Why” The “WhAT”The “HOW”REALWORLDACTIONSaturday, 15 June 13
  37. 37. The “How?” ChasmSPARK THEIMAGINATIONThe “Why” The “WhAT”The “HOW”REALWORLDACTIONSaturday, 15 June 13
  38. 38. Learn TogetherVIGOTSKY SUGGESTS THAT CHILDREN ... CANATTAIN TO HIGHER LEVELS OF THINKING IF THEYARE GUIDED BY SOMEONE WHO IS MORECAPABLE AND COMPETENT - A MOREKNOWLEDGEABLE OTHER. THIS CONCEPTION ISBETTER KNOWN AS THE “ZONE OF PROXIMALDEVELOPMENT”Saturday, 15 June 13
  39. 39. Fail SoftlyTHE BEAUTY OF GAMESIS THAT PLAYERS CANEXPERIMENT,AND “FAIL SOFTLY”Saturday, 15 June 13
  40. 40. Our JourneySaturday, 15 June 13
  41. 41. The Beginning of the StorySaturday, 15 June 13
  42. 42. The Beginning of the Story• Originally a Sunday School for children living in rural areas.• Advertisements were placed in the Farmers Trading Company Mail OrderCatalogue• Within a year- 3000 subscribers• Ministry peaked in 1970’s with 8000-9000 subscribersSaturday, 15 June 13
  43. 43. Saturday, 15 June 13
  44. 44. An Online Biblical Game2ndcity Studios are building a steampunkonline Virtual World for tweensthat teaches them the greateststory ever toldbrowserbased 10-14yoenglishspeakingworldthe greatengineerSaturday, 15 June 13
  45. 45. The great engineer in a land of fogSaturday, 15 June 13
  46. 46. Creation:• Great King/ Engineer• Engines that Keep the fog at bay• Everything is awesomeFall:• "Lucky" is jealous of the King• Introduces Doubt• People Riot• King is usurped by Lucky• Engines go unkept, fog comes inStorySaturday, 15 June 13
  47. 47. Redemption:• "Joshua" is leading a resistance• Resistance aims to redeem land (get rid of fog)• This requires the engines to be running• Player joins resistanceRestoration:• Joshua is returned Triumphant to the great engine rooms andrevealed as the man who once was king.• Resistance restores truth, justice, mercy etc to the landStorySaturday, 15 June 13
  48. 48. Key Learning objectives1. Scripture is a single, coherent true story detailing Gods activity in theworld throughout history, a story of redemption, love, and community.2. Every mini-story within the big story points to Jesus, who is thepinnacle of that story3. You have a place in that story, a place that you need to find and fulfill• How? By being Gods Agent-of-Change, by bringing "redemption" toyour contexts.Saturday, 15 June 13
  49. 49. tell an alternative storySaturday, 15 June 13

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