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Understanding Technology Learners

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Lhet Ocampo

on 27 September 2014

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Transcript of Understanding Technology Learners

Today's learners appear smarter,
yet they can't read as their parents do and they're addicted to the Internet.
It is observed that the new learners spend much time talking with friends on their cellphones, Facebook, or some other social networking site.
And they become alive again through video presentation, group activities and computer classes
- There are positive benefits derived from the use of information technology and these counterbalance the possible negative effects it has on children.
Scientists say that:
- Daily exposure to high technology-personal computers, video game gadgets, cellphones, Internet search sites stimulate the brain by creating and strengthening neural circuits
Even at a very early stage, computer-aided instruction are offered as digital tools. Such as Ipod music devices, game gadgets, computer games, cellphones and the Internet.
Truly, there are concerns that must be met like the feared underdevelopment of new learners along social face-to-face interaction skills
On the other hand, there is a situation of the generation doing tasks simultaneously: watching videos, chatting, downloading music and pictures, etc.
But there is the need to balance the good and possibly the damaging changes observed among new learners of this age.
Even in classes, their concentration is questionable as they are uneasy to simply sit and listen.
Teachers fail to realize that the new generation of the 21st century is not the kind of learner they were, but are digital learners
Now the older generation often feels there is a generation gap between them and the young generation.
In the field of education today, a huge generation gap also exists and it will continue to widen unless some changes are adopted at the proper time.
First, we need to understand the potentials of ICT
But given the rapid emergence of digital technology, at times referred to as Information and Communication Technology (ICT), there is the need to prepare for bridging the digital gap in society.
The new network of instantaneous communication is global, overcoming borders between countries and continents
More of what the elders believe may not be applicable anymore to the new generation, especially along matters of traditional value systems.
Given the speed and power of ICT for change, growth, innovation, it becomes critical that teachers understand the gap that may be perceived between them and the new generation of learners
Since the new generations are expected to face a future professional challenge of a digital world ahead of them, technology supported skills need to be taught in schools today
But if schools were to fail to respond to emergent changes and needs, new learners may lose appreciation of the educational system and may drop out of school as a result.
So the situation remains bleak for the schools that adheres to the old educational system
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