The Next Generation of Learners
Much has been written about describing the
characteristics of the Net Generation, but who are they
and how do they differ from the former generations.
Oblinger and Oblinger (2005) described that “Net
generation learners -- students who were born in the
1980s and later” (p. 1.2)
. It should be emphasized that
most of the claims about this generation are not based on
empirical research. Instead, they are speculative in nature
or based on anecdotal observations. From Wikibooks Web 2.0 and
Emerging Technologies/Next Generation.
Next Generation Learning
Learn from experimentation
Prefer Visual Learning
Like to Work in Groups
Have Short Attention Spans and Mult-itask Well
Edutainment Net Generation believes that learning has nothing to do with
teachers’ authority. Instead, learning is considered interactive and
involves fun activities.
Copy and Paste
Life-Long Learning, E-Learning (online) and U- Learning
(Ubiquitous- anytime, anywhere)
Net Generation Life-Styles
Are Always on- Connectivity
Prefer Googling to the Library
Feel at Ease Meeting Strangers on Line
Make Good Use of Free Online Materials
They Expect Options
Want to Change Their Minds
Wnt to Try It Out
Focus on Function and Value
Student Need More
Not only do students need basic computer
literacy to use the newest technology to
facilitate their learning, but the educators must
keep pace with the learners.
Slides 2-5 from
Web_2.0 and Emerging Learning Technologies Next Generation
Characteristics of Digital Immigrants
Prints out emails
Makes a phone call to learn if someone received
Prints out documents to edit.
Brings people to their computer to see a cool website.
Prefers to concentrate on one item at a time in a
Characteristics of Digital Natives
Function best when they are networked.
Prefer graphics before text.
Thrive on instant gratification and frequent rewards.
Parallel processing and multi-tasking.
Wants and uses quick information from multimedia
Learns best when it is relevant, instant, and useful.
80% of kids in grades 7-12, 45% in
grades 4-6 and 29% K-3 have at least
one email account.
22% of kids in grade 7-12 have 4 or
more email accounts.
#1 On-Line Activity for kids is email,
No. 2 Gaming.
What are you doing to meet the needs
of today's digital generation?
Today’s digital generation has access to music, video,
images, information, and other people on demand. They
create MySpace personas, YouTube videoclips, personal
blogs, and podcasts. They communicate with cell phones
and instant messaging. They hang out online—often on
social networking Websites. It is no wonder that this
generation has different expectations from education, too.
Project Based Learning
Project-based learning gives everybody a chance to
mimic what scientists do, and that's exciting. And it's fun
if it's done well."
--Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academy of Sciences
Project-based learning classrooms are abuzz with
productive discussions and the excitement of learning.
Through hands-on projects, students develop critical-
thinking, self-motivation, teamwork, and communication
skills that will help them throughout their personal and
Just as project-based learning fundamentally alters the
curriculum, it also requires a more comprehensive form
of assessment to evaluate student performance.
Student portfolios, oral presentations, journals, and
multimedia reports provide a clearer picture of student
achievement. Performance assessment is "real-life"
assessment -- the way adults are judged in society and
in the workplace.
NEW TOOLS Which do you
Picture Search RSS
IM/texting Web 2.0
Blogs Augmented reality
Wikis Phone cameras
Podcasting Phone videos
Phone polling GPS
My Space You Tube
Differences in Us and Them
Our kids were born to the idea of rapid change.
The change that is THREATENING to the Immigrants
Is EMPOWERING to the natives!
Today's Learners yearly spend
5-10,000 hrs video games
250,000 emails and IMS
10,000 hours on cell phones
20,0000 hours TC (including You
5,000 hours book reading
2 billion ring tones per year
2 billion songs per month
6 billion text messages per day
Digital Natives are great at
Teaching each other,
Getting what they need.
And we need to help make this
How will you help meet digital
How will you become more native
and less of an immigrant?
How Do I Turn It On?
From USM Education Think Center Blog
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