Monday, May 07, 2007

Digital learners

Another interesting YouTube presentation - about digital learners and teachers' refusal to enter the digital age. I think the aim is to motivate teachers to use technology. It includes some interesting points which I transcribed below.

We have learned to 'play' school. We study the right facts the night before the test so we achieve a passing grade and thus become a successful student.

It's not attention deficit - I'm just not listening!

When I go to school I have to 'power down'

One researcher claims that, on average, students in class only get to ask a question once every 10 hours. [Graesser & Person (1994) American Educational Research Journal]

Why don't we pause for the next 10 hours to see how that feels?

Did you know that there are over 2.7 billion searches performed on google each month? To whom were these questions addressed B.G. (Before Google?)

[When I asked DJ how often he asked questions at school he told me he had never, ever, asked a single question!]

Did you know that our digital learners have sent and received over 200,000 emails or instant messages by the time they graduate from college? We accuse them of not reading but 200,000 written messages sure seems like a lot of time spent with the 3R's.

How are you using the new 3 WWW to teach your students?
WWW: whatever - whenever - wherever

Only 28% of 12th grade high school students believe that school work is meaningful....and a mere 39% believe that school work will have any bearing on their success in later life. [National Centre for Education Statistics, 2006]

Pay attention to our children's intensily rich information experiences!

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