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Today's world is different for our children-vastly different from the one we grew up in. The technologies we take for granted or simply don't understand have become an integral part of our children's identities. These technologies saturate practically every aspect of their daily lives. This digital bombardment is shaping who they are and who they will become. We must realize they live in a different world and speak a different language.
This book explores the fundamental characteristics of the children in this new digital generation, and how our educational procedures can be modified to enhance their experiences of learning while supporting traditional literacy in tandem with the essential new 21st century fluencies. You will gain a clear picture of the dramatically different way the digital generation thinks, learns, views our world, and interacts as we follow them through this vast digital landscape.
If we ever want to take a part in nurturing those will be the architects of our future, it's up to us to learn their language and step into their world so that we may truly understand the digital generation.
Part I Understanding the Digital Generation
Chapter 1 The Need for Balance 1
Chapter 2 The Problem of the Gap 9
Chapter 3 What We Know About the Digital Generation 19
Chapter 4 Learning Preferences of the Digital Generation 35
Part II How Should Education Respond?
Chapter 5 An Impending Tragedy 47
Chapter 6 It's Time to Catch Up 51
Chapter 7 A Shift to Whole-Mind Instruction 57
Chapter 8 Teachers Must Move Off the Stage 79
Chapter 9 Teachers Must Let Students Access Information Natively 89
Chapter 10 Teachers Must Let Students Collaborate 105
Chapter 11 Teachers Must Teach Students Visually 113
Chapter 12 Teachers Must Re-Evaluate Evaluation 127
Chapter 13 A Need for Leadership 135