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1 A Glimpse at the Students of Today Prepared by Dena Faust for USDLA conference 2008

2 “Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.” _Marc Prensky, 2001 Marc Prensky, "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants

3 So, who are these students?

4 They are the Millennials

5 They are the Net Generation

6 They are the Digital Natives

7 Why do we call them digital natives?

8 By the time students enter college today, they will have spent …

9 Over 10,000 hours playing video games Prensky, M (2001). Digital natives digital immigrants

10 Over 10,000 hours using a cell phone Prensky, M (2001). Digital natives digital immigrants

11 20,000 hours watching TV Prensky, M (2001). Digital natives digital immigrants

12 and will have sent over 200,000 s and IMs by the time they graduate college Prensky, M (2001). Digital natives digital immigrants

13 They have never had to …

14 Dial a phone

15 Play a Record

16 Or get up to change the TV channel

17 Sadly Kermit is old enough to have been their father.

18 These teens were born into a digital world where they expect to be able to create, consume, remix, and share material Lee Rain, Director Pew Internet and American Life Project

19 For the common Net Gener: Computers aren’t technology The Internet is better than TV Reality is no longer realDoing is more important than knowingMultitasking is a way of lifeStaying connected is essentialThere is no tolerance for delaysConsumer and creator are blurred Jason Frand, The Information Age Mindset: Changes in Students and Implications for Higher Education,” EDUCAUSE Review 35, no.5 (September/October 2000): 15-24

20 Staying connected is essential

21 Are you helping them stay connected?

22 Is your learning environment providing a place for this type of interactivity?

23 These are the technologies they use everyday.

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25 Why not use the tools that they are already using to engage and teach them?

26 The fact is that even if you are the most engaging old-style teacher in the world, you are not going to capture most of our students’ attention the old way. “ - Prensky 2005 Prensky, Marc 2005 Engage me or enrage me: What today's learners demand

27 “Engage me or enrage me.” Prensky, Marc 2005 Engage me or enrage me: What today's learners demand

28 Your students may be sending SUBTLE messages all around the classroom

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30 Our digital immigrant instructors, who speak a language of the pre-digital age, are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language. __Prensky, 2001 Marc Prensky, "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants

31 References Oblinger, Diana (2003). Boomers Gen-Xers & Millennials: Understanding the new students. EDUCAUSE Review, July/August 2003, Neil Howe and William Strauss, Millennials rising (New York: Vintage Books, 2000). Prensky, Marc“ Digital natives, digital immigrants, Part II: Do they really think differently? "On the Horizon, vol. 9, no. 6 (December 2001), pp. 15–24; available from Jones, Steve "The internet goes to college: How students are living in the future with today's technology" (Washington, D.C.: Pew Internet & American Life Project, September 15, 2002), Oblinger, Diana and Oblinger, James L, Educating the net generation (Educause, 2005). Prensky, Marc (2005). Engage me or enrage me: What today's learners demand [Electronic version]. EDUCAUSE Review, September/October 2005, “Where We Begin” provided by Kathy Reynolds under the Creative Commons license. More of this artist’s music can be found at Commons


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