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Excel Talk

Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age for Project Excel 2/17/10

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Excel Talk

  1. 1. teaching and learning in the digital age<br />Robert Bodle, PhD<br />2/17<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />sharing new findings/research<br />challenges and approaches<br />discussion - specific challenges and approaches to Project Excel<br />
  3. 3. New media and youth development<br />Special relationships to:<br />Privacy<br />Identity<br />Learning<br />(Basic Books, 2008)<br />
  4. 4. digital natives (born after 1980)<br /> a controversial distinction<br />
  5. 5. digital populations…<br />digital natives (born after 1980)<br />access from birth<br />digital immigrants <br />learned later in life<br />digital settlers <br />computer scientists, programmers, hackers who helped shape the web<br />
  6. 6. particular conditions…<br />learn in digital environment<br />life lived online <br />“always on”<br />experience friendship differently<br />relate to information differently<br />all info is online<br />engage with info in creative ways<br />
  7. 7. How are young people learning in the digital age?<br />Some obvious changes<br />search engines and Wikipedia<br />websites instead of books<br />multitasking<br />implications for learning and retention?<br />
  8. 8. Digital learners<br />
  9. 9. New findings (cont.)<br />self directed learning<br />learn from peers<br />learn in many contexts<br />(MIT Press, 2009)<br />
  10. 10. How do digital natives learn?<br />perfect the art of grazing<br />a deep dive (geek out)<br />feedback loop<br />
  11. 11. role of educators in digital age<br />guide participation, not control it<br />provide more online resources, not less<br />
  12. 12. Digital_Nation (PBS, 2010)<br />
  13. 13. Challenges<br />Digital media = instant gratification learning? or engaging learners/learning in new ways?<br />
  14. 14. Challenges (cont.)<br />Multitasking = dumbing down? or necessary skills for 21st century?<br />
  15. 15. Approaches<br />lament the losses and fight technology<br />champion the gains and embrace technology<br />seek a balanced approach<br />What would that look like?<br />
  16. 16. Discussion<br />Specific challenges and approaches in Project Excel?<br />the the use electronic devices in class – should we promote it or discourage it? <br />What about social networking, multi-tasking, immediate access/answers?<br />
  17. 17. Project Excel: Future Work<br />Research<br />Experiment<br />Discuss best practices<br />Thank you! <br />robert_bodle@mail.msj.edu<br />

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