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Engaging and Educating Tomorrows Digital Learners . University of New Hampshire June 2006 Don Knezek - ISTE CEO - dknezek@iste.org. 1. Engaging Digital Learners. The Millennials: Who are these guys and what are they thinking? A bit of context A little from the researchers - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Engaging and Educating Tomorrows DigitalLearners University of New Hampshire June 2006 Don Knezek - ISTE CEO - dknezek@iste.org1

  • The Millennials: Who are these guys and what are they thinking?A bit of contextA little from the researchersMore from the mouths of babesExamples & experiences from preK-12What it means for higher educationEngaging Digital Learners2

  • It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one that is most adaptable to change.Charles Darwin3

  • Ready or Not . . .The World is Different Work is different ... Tools are different ... Communication is different ... Information is different ... Kids are different ... Learning is different

    And Teaching must be different!

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  • Ready or Not . . .The World is Different Work is different ...

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  • The Florida Virtual School (with 50K students) contracts with a group from Nova Scotia for first-line technical assistance 6

  • 90% 85%Doing Science in the 21st CenturyPercentage of worktime in a digital environment.7

  • 90% 85%Molecular ChemistDoing Science in the 21st CenturyPercentage of worktime in a digital environment.8

  • 90% 85%Molecular Chemist * Neuroscience ResearcherDoing Science in the 21st CenturyPercentage of worktime in a digital environment.9

  • Fifty percent of all computer software developed in the world today is written in India 10

  • Ready or Not . . .The World is Different Work is different ... Tools are different ...

    Communication is different ... Information is different ... *

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  • Ready or Not . . .The World is Different Work is different ... Tools are different ... Communication is different ... Information is different ... * Kids are different ...

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  • Students bring different experiences 16

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public BroadcastingCONNECTED TO THE FUTURE (U.S. 2003) Internet use exceeds television watching Childrens internet use is up 59% in 2 years Usage among 2-5 year olds is growing fastest

    Grunwald Associates www.cpb.org/ed/resources/connectedA Study by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting17

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public BroadcastingLargest generation (36% of total population).31% are minorities; more diverse than the adult population.Have come of age along with the Internet.Information has been universally available and free to them; community is a digital place of common interest, not just a shared physical space.

    Who Are Our Students?18

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting91% of students felt they have at least one family member they can confide in.If they could, 50% of students would spend more time with their family.74% get along with their parents extremely or very well.When picking one person as a role model, 44% of students pick a family member.Family is Important19

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting91% of students have a teacher/administrator who personally cares about their success.60% of students report that standardized tests are a good measure of progress.96% say doing well in school is important in their lives. 88% of students report that attending college is critical or very important to future success.Education Beliefs20

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting76% of students would like to learn more about the world.28% of high school students use a foreign news source to learn about current events.75% still look toward a future with optimism and hope.70% of students report volunteering or participating in community service.Interested in World and Community21

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public BroadcastingIn 2002, teens (ages 12-19) spent $170 billion.15.6 million college students (ages 18-30) spend almost $200 billion annually.Two out of three students report influencing their parents buying decisions.20% of teens own stock.Have Substantial Purchasing Power22

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting72% of all first graders used a home computer during the summer on a weekly basis.Over 85% of young children with home computers used them for educational purposes.By 1999, 97% of kindergartners (now middle-schoolers) had access to a computer at school or home.35% of children ages 2-5 use the Internet from some location.Even Young Children23

  • Students bring different expectations 24

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting43% of middle class homes in the U.S. have a broadband network in the home

    Represents a 68% increase in home broadband networks in one year

    98% of all PreK-12 schools and 90%+ of all classrooms in the U.S. have fast internet connections.

    Broadband25

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting71% of online teens say they relied mostly on Internet sources for the last big project they did for school.94% of online teens report using the Internet for school-related research.74% of online teens use instant messaging.24% of online teens have created their own Web pages.The number of children ages 4 to 18 who own at least one wireless device (e.g. cell phones, PDAs) grew from 32% in 2002 to 43% in 2003.13% of those age 7 and under own a wireless device Online Teens26

  • http://www.netday.org/speakup_2005.htm27

  • Students in New England (Grades 6-12): Prefer instant messaging over talking on their cell phones (opposite of national results) Expect to check a grade electronically far less (28%) than students across the country (50%)Are significantly (25%) less likely to e-mail a teacher than are their colleagues nationallyContinue to experience a digital divide based on school and individual wealth (as do students across the nation)Are likely to attend school in a state with a below average State Educational Technology Rating (Education Week)

    State, Regional, Individual Differences28

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public Broadcasting2006 State Education Technology Report Card:National Average C+Maine B-New York C+Connecticut C- New Hampshire C- Massachusetts D+Technology Counts - Education Week29

  • Among 12th Graders - 35% 29% 23% 21%Perceptions About School30

  • Among 12th Graders - 35% - 1983 29% - 1990 23% - 1995 21% - 2000 Courses are quite or very interestingPerceptions About School31

  • Perceptions About School (US)High School Courses Interesting(Grade 12 - Age 18)32

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  • Among 12th Graders in the U.S. - 35% - 1983 75% - 1982 29% - 1990 73% - 1988 23% - 1995 69% - 1995 21% - 2000 68% - 2002 Study Interesting Students GraduatingPerceptions About School (US)33

  • Among 8th Graders in the U.S. About 90% expect to continue their schooling after graduating from high schoolOverwhelming indicate importance of education for life success

    Expectations for Higher Education34

  • Among Students in the U.S. About 1 in 3 fails to graduate on schedule Only 27% complete as much as 2 years of College (or 73% drop out)Over 80% of dropouts could have graduatedExpectations for Higher Education35

  • Ready or Not . . .The World is Different Work is different ... Tools are different ... Communication is different ... Information is different ... Kids are different ...

    Learning is different

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  • Emerging Trends Over 60% of IHEs offer courses online Core faculty are teaching online 72% of 2-year colleges plan for significant online programs long-term Growth in enrollment continues strong; up 400,000 in 2 years

    Online Learning in Higher EducationGrowing by Degrees: Online Education in the U.S., 2005 - Alfred P. Sloan Foundation37

  • South Korea has 800,000 students in online learning with SCORM-compliant learning objects 38

  • New environments enable more effective strategies 39

  • A Report on Childrens Internet Use FromThe Corporation for Public BroadcastingWireless access enables anytime, anywhere connectivity

    One-to-one computing supports ubiquitous access

    Virtual schools exploit online learning

    Personal wireless devices facilitate communications and collaborative learningHottest Trends Put Kids Online40

  • Traditional -------- Incorporating ------ New Environments New Strategies

    Teacher-centered instruction Learner-centered environmentsSingle sense stimulation Multisensory stimulationSingle path progression Multipath progressionSingle media Multimedia; HypermediaIsolated work Collaborative workInformation delivery Information exchange, publication, creationPassive learning Active/exploratory/inquiry-based learningFactual/literal thinking Critical thinking, informed decision-makingReactive response Proactive/planned actionIsolated, artificial context Authentic, real world contextEstablishing New Learning Environments41

  • Learning and Educational TechnologyLearning and Educational TechnologyTechnology can be used in many ways to change and imp