[NHDOE-ETNews] ET News: Seven Questions about the Digital Generation

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Wed Feb 20 08:41:46 EST 2013

Today on the ETNews Listserv

ITEM:  Glad You Asked About the Digital Generation


Innovative educator, Ian Jukes, answers seven of the most consistently
asked questions he receives at presentations.

1.    What are the most profound effects that digital bombardment has on
children? How is this changing the way educators need to teach in
today's classrooms?

2.    What are the new thinking skills that today's workers need? How
should educators change the way they teach to make sure they equip
students with these skills?

3.    How can educators keep up with the new media and technological
developments that their students are accessing, without becoming
overwhelmed or neglecting other aspects of their work?

4.    Why do students today process information, interact, and
communicate in fundamentally different ways than any previous generation
before them? Each generation of students is, of course, presented with
new ideas and new technologies-for example, the eras of the telephone,
the television and the personal computer. What makes this particular
generation unique?

5.    You make reference to the concept of "neuroplasticity." What does
this mean, and why is it important for educators to understand it in
terms of today's learners?

6.    You've come up with eight key learning preferences of digital
learners and compared them with the "old-school" teaching styles. Why is
it vital for today's educators to adapt their teaching strategies to
their students' learning preferences rather than the other way around?
Should we be at all concerned about this massive exposure to digital

7.    If you could share one key piece of advice for educators
navigating this new digital frontier, what would it be?


Read his answers on the 21st Century Fluency Project website




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