Today's learners are best described as:
- multimedia literate
- knowledge constructionists/connectionists
- visionaries who act on their visions
- connected 24/7
- impatient with delays
Are school classes need to recognise this. We need to stop viewing new technologies as bad things that have no educational value. A teacher told me yesterday that there was no educational use for iPods. Oh my. Even if learners only listen to music while writing, research backs that up. As I write this, I am listening to podcasts, checking twitter, ignoring my RSS, making last minute changes to lesson plans posted on the blogs, checking email, and drinking coffee.
As Warlick alludes, the boundaries are now not clearly delineated. Education is not linear any longer. Education is looped, networked, global, outside the box. Our classrooms in k12 need to reflect the way all learners learn best. Oh, btw, there is a reason to use a laptop in school. I've heard the opposite in my school - really.
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Reference: Conole, G. (2007, October 11). Digital Kids. e4innovation.com Retrieved October 12, 2007 from http://e4innovation.com/