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21st century students

  1. 1. 21st Century Students: The “Net” Generation<br />Karen Auton and Tyler West<br />
  2. 2. Technology is at the center of their learning and interactions with information.<br />“They don’t think in terms of technology; they think in terms of the activity technology enables.”<br />
  3. 3. State Board of Education Jargon<br />Our students should be:<br />
  4. 4. Children ages 8-18:<br /><ul><li>96% have gone online.
  5. 5. 74% have Internet access at home.</li></ul>Who is the “Net” Generation?<br />
  6. 6. <ul><li>Children under seven years spend an average of two hours a day using screen media.
  7. 7. Children, ages 13-17, spend more hours using digital media than watching T.V.
  8. 8. By the time today’s kindergarteners graduate, information will have doubled seven times.</li></ul>Who is the “Net” Generation?<br />
  9. 9. By age 21, today’s kindergarteners will:<br /><ul><li>Spend 10,000 hours video gaming
  10. 10. Send 200,000 emails
  11. 11. Spend 10,000 hours on a cell phone
  12. 12. Spend less than 5,000 hours reading non-digital text</li></ul>Who is the “Net” Generation?<br />
  13. 13. Who is the “Net” Generation?<br />In molding 21st century learners we hope to “shift from the technological “tools” themselves, to the capabilities of these new tools to empower students.”<br />Digitally literate<br />Effectively use different sources of information (Internet = Oxygen)<br />Visual/Virtual communicators<br />Shift attention rapidly between tasks<br />Experiential; Discovery learning<br />Exhibit and expect fast response<br />Hopeful and determined<br />
  14. 14. Future of the “Net” Generation….<br />What are 21st century learners preparing for?<br />
  15. 15. “Learning = Lifetime process of coping and adapting to change.”<br />How do 21st century learners learn the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century?<br /><ul><li>Prefer participatory learning in social groups/collaboration
  16. 16. Multi-task
  17. 17. Learn best with structure rather than ambiguity
  18. 18. Crave working on “things that matter.”
  19. 19. Use laptops as primary source of information rather than textbooks.
  20. 20. Creative communication of concepts learned often using sounds and images to convey content.</li></li></ul><li>References<br />Carroll, J. (2008). What’s the future of education- and what should we do about it? Retrieved from www.jimcarroll.com<br />Lehigh, S. (2008). Teaching students 21st century skills. Boston Globe. Retrieved from www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/mcas/articles/2008/11/19<br />Maninger, R. M., & Holden, M. E. (2009). Put the textbooks away: Preparation and support for a middle school one-to-one laptop initiative. American Secondary Education, 38(1), 5-21. <br />North Carolina State Board of Education. (2006). Future-ready students: Goals for the 21stcentury. Retrieved from http://www.ncptsc.org/boardrecsandgoals.pdf<br />Oblinger, D., & Oblinger, J.L. (Eds.). (2005). Educating the net generation. Retrieved from www.educause.edu/educatingthenetgen<br /> Rodgers, M. et. al. (2006). The 21st century learner. 22nd Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from www. uwex.edu/disted/conference/<br />