Friday, April 19, 2013

Neo Millenials 2/2/2013

This week we focused on Neo Millennials. The article, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants by Marc Prensky explores Neo Millennials. Today’s students are Neo Millenial learners because of all the technology they are using. Today’s students are using computer games, cell phones, email, instant messaging and the internet more than any other generation. As a result of all the technology students are now using, their brains have changed. Marc Prensky calls the new students “digital learners.” The older generations are called “digital immigrants.” Some digital immigrants are learning to adapt. Marc Presky mentions that the problem with this is digital immigrants are teaching digital natives and some of these digital immigrants don’t believe in all of the new technologies and refuse to learn about them. The article, The New 3 E’s of Education: Enabled, Engaged, Empowered- How Today’s Educators are Advancing a New Vision for Teaching and Learning is about 21st century learning and educators using technology. According to the article, “over twice as many teachers and administrators have a personal smart phone today than in 2008, while only 11 percent of teachers regularly updated their social networking site in 2007, over 44 percent are active facebook users in 2010. Forty-five percent of administrators are also facebook users now, teacher interest in teaching an online class has grown by 76 percent in just two years.”

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