Today’s Learners - Who are today’s learners?

Digital Natives/Digital Immigrants:

http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf (Marc Prensky)

Millennials: born from 1980 to present – no knowledge of life without computers: http://www.news.com/2009-1025_3-5944666.html

"The question at stake is no longer whether technology can change education or even whether this is desirable," Papert wrote in his testimony. "The presence of technology in society is a major factor in changing the entire learning environment." – Dr. Seymour Papert, 1995 testimony before Congress.

Visual Learners: – and media is more visual than ever.

http://itc.utk.edu/about/newsletter/spring_03/visuallearners.shtml

  • Digital Generation: Many are comfortable with technology (but the danger is in assuming they know everything about technology – they don’t – they are natural explorers – and much of their exploration is random.)
  • Ubiquitous Computing: a factor in their lives – many have a computer at home, some have a computer through school – most have access to a computer regularly.
  • “Grasshopper Mind” – coined by Dr. Papert – multitaskers, able to move from one activity to another rapidly.
  • “…Teens sometimes spend more time typing than talking. …They re creating and remixing their own media and publishing it for a potential audience of millions.” – Goodstein, A. (2007). Pg. 177, 178. Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online: New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.
  • GenYES – a program about this generation of kids and technology: http://genyes.com/

Here's what Millennials in college say about themselves (used with Dr. Wensch’s permission):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fmediatedcultures%2Enet%2Fksudigg%2F

by Dr. Mike Wensch, Digital Ethnography, Manhattan, KS: http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/