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Screenagers and the Seismic Shift in Education

The use of technology is liberating the classroom for higher levels of learning and elevating the role of the teacher. Living in the screen age has many implications to how we teach and learn.

Dan Petrak

on 17 February 2015

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Transcript of Screenagers and the Seismic Shift in Education

WIRED & INSPIRED: The Intelligent Use of Technology in Higher Education

Las Vegas, Nevada February 20, 2015

Dan Petrak
Professor of Mathematics and Faculty Liaison to Distance Education
Des Moines Area Community College

email: dgpetrak@dmacc.edu
twitter handle: dgpetrak
Faculty can become a...

transformational leader:
inspirational, draw on strengths, empathy, coach/mentor

become less of a...
transactional leader (do what I say to get something)

Screenagers and the Seismic Shift in Education
What is a Screenager?

Term coined by Douglas Rushkoff
A person in their teens or
early twenties who has an
aptitude for computers
and spends much time on
the Internet.
Screenager = Millennials?
No, not all Millennials (age 13-30) are highly connected
Very diverse generation
What does this mean for education?
Characteristics of Millennials
Savvy and Jaded, irreverent and blunt
Esteem diversity and individualism
Favor a unique "personal journey"
Friends and relationships are important
Skeptical of leaders and institutions
Don't favor self proclaimed experts
Prefer casual and comfortable
What about teachers?
Are we becoming screenagers?
What is the role of technology?
Knowledge is essentially free now
Teachers and books no longer have a monopoly
Ability to have relationships beyond face-to-face
Learning can happen at any time and place
Personal Learning Networks
We are in the middle
of a disruptive innovation
Dr. Eric Mazur, Physicist at Harvard University,
began researching Flipped Learning in the 90's and
called it "peer instruction“

A Pedagogical Example

Technology serves pedagogy, not the other way around.

Flipped learning elevates the role of the teacher and learner!

Faculty shift from being the sage on the stage to a guide on the side.
The Holy Grail of Education:
Personalized Learning for every student.
What is causing this seismic shift in education?
The perfect storm of...


Used by permission from Robert Talbert, Ph.D.
Used by permission from Robert Talbert, Ph.D.
The industrial model of
education is dying a
slow death.
How can we as faculty leverage the positive Characteristics of screenagers?
Tap into their creativity
Value authentic relationships
Feed off the idea they can change the world
Encourage Technology as a great tool
According to the Higher Education Policy Institute, educational costs have soared 603 percent since 1982, while the Consumer Price Index has increased only 148 percent.

Student Loan debt is 1.2 Trillion dollars, 2nd only to home loan debt
WEB 1.0, 2.0, 3.0

How do you see your role as a teacher changing within this seismic shift?

Questions and comments?
At your table:

1) Introduce yourself to at least one other person.

2) Talk about your experience with Flipped/Web Enhanced Learning.
At your table:

1) Describe how technology has changed the way you teach.

2) Share one piece of technology that has helped enable this.

Teachers are transformational leaders with the capacity to design and optimize learning for every student within a diverse and technologically rich environment.
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