The current generation of students have been ‘on the line’ from birth, they are part of a highly technological and information rich world that is ever changing (Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs (MCEETYA), 2005).
“Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are all about using web tools such as blogs, wiki, twitter, facebook to create connects with others which extend our learning, increases our reflection while enabling us to learn together as part of a global community” (Waters, 2013, p1).
Learning has changed, it is no longer just something that happens in the classroom. It is all around us and students learn by seeing , doing, interacting and participating in the physical and social world around them. They are consumers, producers, and remixers of information and content.
This generation of, what Prensky describes as, digital natives are increasingly comfortable in the virtual world where they live their lives, build relationships and interact and participate in world events (MCEETYA, 2005).
For these learners one minute online looks like this…
More and more we are moving away from textbooks as our source of information and looking to Google and other online material. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage, firstly it means that students have access to a wide range of information about a multitude of topics that encourages engaged and life long learners. However, this is also an issue, with the vast amount of content that is created there is often misuse of information that means there is content created that is incorrect. Wading through the huge pool of information is a skill in itself and students need to learn the skills necessary to separate accurate information from misinformation.
Our students live in a digital world so engaging with that world will engage them!
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Richard de Meij. (2012, December 4). Social Media in Education – Teaching Digital Natives [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/fes3jcytQCM
Waters, S. (2013). Retrieved September 1, 2013, from The PLN Yourself Wiki: http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/
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