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Learners Today

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 Learners Today


“[Today's learners] are tech-savvy, adaptive, fast learners, always connected, and ultra-communicators. The children in our classrooms today are a species of learner who can see, hear, and speak through walls and around the planet. “Having grown up with computers and video games, they have no trouble integrating virtual worlds with the real world as they quickly respond to incoming data from various simultaneous sources.  Information is what gives their experience meaning, and they do not merely consume the information. They play it, work it, and remix it into experiences that are personally enjoyable and valuable.”

David Warlick Millennial Children and Our Classrooms
















Comments (3)

Anita Brooks Kirkland said

at 10:02 am on Jan 30, 2008

What I like about your Learners Today model, Carol, is that it reminds us that although our students are comfortable with the technology, they are still naive about thinking critically about the range of information they encounter. The thinking frameworks that good instructional models include are essential to developing this deeper thinking.

I do get tired of adults who excuse their own naivity with new technologies (particularly the web) by saying that kids know so much more about technology than they do. That may be so, in terms of exposure and comfort, but those are surface skills. Besides, I think teachers, and most particularly teacher-librarians need to actively work on staying up with innovations in technology, to help students develop the critical thinking framework that they need.

Anonymous said

at 2:46 pm on Jan 30, 2008

I strongly agree. As a teacher-librarian, I feel it is my responsiblity to keep up with new technology so that I can guide the students at my school to use it productively. I am a long way away from where I know I need to be; however, I refuse to let that deter my personal quest for more knowledge in this area.

Anonymous said

at 10:46 pm on Jan 31, 2008

Today I attended a session a Super Conference called Re-Wiring our Youth.The focus was cyberbullying but I made so many connections with what we are trying to do with the wiki environment.One of the first statements that Sgt. Robyn MacEachern made was if you are doing any work with youth today you have to go where they are and social networking is 'their world'.
In her research with young people and her analysis of behaviours she has dicovered that one of the problems today is that kids have only other kids as role models in the web 2 world. Adults do not play and work in their spaces so they pattern their behaviour after other kids.
Do you see a window of opportunity here for educators? In the world of educational applications of Blogs and Wikis we have the opportunity to model appropriate social networking behaviours for our students and give them the opportunity to become positive role models for each other.

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