June 2012 Archives

In 2001, Mark Prensky coined the terms "Digital Natives" and "Digital Immigrants" to describe the differences between adults and students in using technology. Educators are the "Digital Immigrants" who have to adapt and learn how to integrate technology into their lives. Students are "Digital Natives" born into a culture and lifestyle where technology immersion is the norm. Although I know a lot of educators who argue that immigrants can use technology in the same ways as the natives and that being a native does not necessary guarantee proficiency, I have found the Digital Immigrant and Native comparison to be helpful ...

As a classroom teacher, does the idea of a learner centered environment sound new to you? The Alliance for Excellent Education recently released Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered By Digital Learning. The report advocates that a culture shift to a learner centered classroom environment is needed to prepare students to meet the challenges and demands of a global economy, that: 1) Learning needs to be rigorous and based on college and career-ready expectations. 2) Learning is personalized. 3) Learning is collaborative, relevant, and applied. 4) Learning is flexible, taking place anytime, anywhere. This insightful report confirms and ...


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