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make their own meaning
from new information Team work and social interaction are essential Learners are encouraged to take responsibility
for their own learning. Who are they?
primarily the offspring of baby boomers
Also known as...
Net Generation What makes them special? "They prize freedom and freedom of choice.
They want to customize things, make them their own.
They are natural collaborators, who enjoy conversation, not a lecture.
They scrutinize you and your organization.
They insist on integrity.
They want to have fun even at work and at school
Speed is normal.
Innovation is part of life." (Tapscott 2009) They grew up in the digital world.
They are all 'native speakers' of the digital language of
Internet What do they want? They want to learn by doing.
They want immediate info--multiple sources
They want pics, sounds, videos.
They want to collaborate.
They want to solve problems.
They want instant gratification/rewards.
They want to multi-task. Meaningful Learning Active Constructive Intentional Authentic Cooperative Learners are actively manipulating the objects and tools of the trade and observing the effects of what they have done. Learners begin constructing their own simple mental modes to explain their world. Everything that we do is intended to fulfill some goal. Learning tasks that are situated in some meaningful real-world task Collaborative &
Conversational Learners articulate what they have accomplished and reflect on their activity and observations. What skills do students engage in while on social networking sites? How can these skills be applied to meaningful instruction in the classroom? 96% of digital natives use
social networking sites Online forums where members can create on-line profiles, manipulate different forms of media, collaborate with friends and colleagues, and organize events. Publishing Skills
Study Skills Design Skills
"I want my profile to
represent who I am." Writing Skills
"I never thought about
my hobbies and interests
before." Editing Skills
“We are not suppose to have a Myspace page until we are at least fourteen years old. I spend time making myself look older so that I don’t get kicked-off (of Myspace).” Inquiry Skills
"I didnt know how to
embed HTML code but still
wanted to customize my
profile." Evaluation Skills
"followed three different website’s
instructions on how to add a video
to my Myspace page and all of them
were wrong.” Organizing Skills
"I organize my pictures and friends
in categories so I remember where
to find them." Data Collection:
Survey Responses Data Anaylsis:
Grouping the findings Cyberspace and Physical space are,
"fundamentally different kinds of spaces
that operate according to different
principles and procedures.” (Barlow 2000) We need to teach them
habits of mind that allow
students to navigate the
digitized world in which they live Content-Driven
Activity-Driven Meet your students
where they are... Help them distinguish casual writing from academic writing. 8th Grade Science Project 8th Grade Civil War Project What does casual writing look like?
What does academic writing look like?
What are the characteristics of each?
How will my personal SNS site be different from the one I create for my class assignment?
How will the conversations that occur with regard to my SNS assignment be different from the casual conversations that occur on my personal SNS page? Help guide student inquiry by providing an essential questions handout. Help students organize key concpets within your unit by providing them with graphic organizers before they begin their research. Questions should include
those that you expect students
to answer by the end of the unit. Help students evaluate reliable and accurate websources. cross-checking
purpose of a website
author’s intent and expertise
the publishing date
overall design of the site. "There is not enough time..." Future research should investigate the effectiveness of using social networking sites as instructional tools. What literacy skills are most improved upon when using SNS as instructional tools (English literacy, media literacy, technology literacy, etc.)? Future research should investigate the effectiveness of using SNS to practice good digital citizenship skills. Researchers should consider the following questions: (1) Did the number of cyberbullying incidences decrease, increase, or stay the same? (2) Do students feel more comfortable and safe while navigating cyberspace? Digital Immigrants Who are they? What do they want? What's the big deal? One source
Delayed gratification and deferred rewards
Curriculum and standardized tests
Liner, logical, sequential
Memorization of facts
One job at a time Babyboomers and
those not born into
the digitized world. "Digital immigrant instructors, who speak an outdated language (that of the pre-digitized age), are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language" (Prensky 2001) Social Networking Sites:
An Oppotunity for
Meaningful Instruction Joshua E. Rivera 7th Grade English Assignmnet
8th Grade History Assignment 8th Grade Hisotry Project Accents •Finding answers on the Internet as an alternative
•Printing out documents to edit
•Having to physically meet with people Conclusion Technology is always adapting;
so too should be teachers. FREE!!! Google Docs Myspace.com
Wallwisher.com "We can't afford to use technology" "We can't afford not to use technology" 87% 28% 78% create
67% always write on their freinds page
89% always respond to posts 18% "Somtimes
25% "Rarely" 78% Important to appear older
31% have someone edit before publishing 93% search for friends
45% difficult task 92% altered HTML code
78% learned through "their own research" 32% find innacurate information
88% evaluate friend requests 67% organizing pictures is important 73% organize friends in lists Synthesizing information requires students to infer relationships between sources and draw conclusions based on information studied. Digital Citizenship Exemplar Models
Essential Questions handout We are teaching digital natives