My friend is doing a teaching degree so I forwarded him this infograph.  It kind of follows on from my last blog about kids and their ease with technology… aka “Digital Natives”

He’s a “mature” student who has decided to explore teaching after a career in law.  So having already been a college student in the early 90’s now he’s having to adjust to his tutors wanting to keep in touch via twitter, (which I was happy to coach him through).

Wikipedia says: The term digital native is a young person who was born during or after the general introduction of digital technology, and through interacting with digital technology from an early age, has a greater understanding of its concepts.

Digital natives are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach” – Marc Prensky

So not only is my friend having to update the way he’s being taught but inevitably he’ll have to become as tech savvy as the kids he will go on to teach!

I think this is a great example of how we should all embrace or at least be aware of new technologies, because as much as you can roll your eyeballs and think “whatever, I just don’t get the iPad”… nobody want to wake up one day and realize they are acting just like their clueless grandparents trying to program a vcr.

Speaking of iPad… I love the bottom of the infograph where you see the results of a study at University of Notre Dame where the students felt the iPad:

  • Made class more interesting
  • Encouraged exploration of additional topics
  • Provide functions/tools not possible with a text book
  • Help students effectively manage their time

Learning on-the-go, accessing info wherever we are, what ever are doing – when it suits us, is here to stay.  The Clockless™ wave is full of evidence that supports this trend and it’s not just kids by any means.  However, if you want to be first faster it’s always best to learn from youth.  As good ol’ Whitney Houston says: “..the children are our future.”


Via: Voxy Blog

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