I found this infographic on the VoxyBlog. It offers some interesting observations and the blog even goes so far as to offer a way to use it in a classroom setting.
I don’t like the term “digital native” because I believe these labels are a bit of a catch-all. [The same way I dislike the use of terms such as “babyboomers”, “gen-Y”, etc, to clump all sorts of people into oversimplified groups rather than making allowances for the huge variety of people in society, all different stages and levels. These terms get bandied about too much, especially in the mainstream media.] I do think that in all other respects this infographic is an interesting visualisation tool that could be used to start discussions about learning and education.
I think it would also be interesting to use it in a staff meeting. We need to look at what we are doing, figure out learning is important and then look at how we are going to assist with this learning. The tools we use should suit the tas but the wealth of technologies out there today offer us so many options to make learning interesting and more authentic as well as catering for different skills.
I spent the first part of today working with year 7 students in the classroom where they had a variety of tasks and a variety of technologies/tools that could be used to complete them. The students were all very motivated, came up with interesting final pieces and were keen to share their ideas and products.
The first class today was run in a classroom where a week ago, after classes had finished for the day, I changed the seating arrangement to facilitate group work the next morning. When I arrived there the next morning I found that another teacher had noticed the arrangement and, to help me out, had put it all back into rows. She was trying to be helpful but why is something different automatically considered “wrong”. This is just a little thing that the class rectified quite quickly but the principle.
If we are not ready to try a different approach to learning and students we may find schools becoming irrelevant to the students of today and in the future.
Via: Voxy Blog