A shift is occurring


21st Century Learning








Trends




From the head of Zeus




Miracle and Wonders



A 4 min video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk35mLDSjWA






What should we be teaching?


Video clip of Dr Dixon - more can be found on Dr Dixon at http://www.youtube.com/user/pjvdixon

A 4.5 min video from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk35mLDSjWA


Digital Natives




Tomorrows students



Games


An Interview with James Paul Gee, an Arizona State University professor, sees a bright future for video games in the learning process in and out of school.

A 10 min video from http://www.edutopia.org/james-gee-games-learning-video


Is Google Making us Stupid?




Findings


Today’s Instant Messenger Generation has grown up in a new digital landscape. For most of them, there’s never been a time in their lives when computers, mobile phones, video games, the Internet and all the other digital wonders that increasingly define their (and our) world haven’t surrounded them. Constant exposure to digital media has changed the way these “digital natives” process, interact and use information. Children today are fundamentally different from previous generations in the way they think, in the way they access, absorb, interpret, process and use information and above all, in the way they view, interact and communicate in and with the modern world (Jukes & Dosaj, 2006). This holds profound implications for the future of teaching, learning and the assessment of that learning.
My mind, like Carr’s (2008), now expects to take in information the way the internet distributes it. The more I use the web, the more I have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing on the web. Fast communication, powerful media and superficial skimming are all creations of our insatiable demand for information; I don’t just want more I need more. While we complain about the overload of information we continue to sign up for faster internet service, unlimited download, social networking groups and greater mobile communication.
Technology has destroyed the isolation of distance. We evolved in a world where our survival depends on an intimate knowledge of our surroundings but our surroundings, with the growing complexity of the internet, have grown. Our minds were not designed to handle the scale of such a global village, our problem is not so much that we are stupider, but rather that the world is demanding that we become smarter (Hillis, 2008).

References
Carr, N. 2008. Is Google making us stupid?, retrieved 26th September 2008, <http://www.edge.org/discourse/carr_google.html#carr>.

Hillis, W. D. 2008. Is Google making us stupid?, retrieved 26th September 2008, <http://www.edge.org/discourse/carr_google.html#sanger>.

Jukes, I. & Dosaj, A. 2006. Understanding Digital Kids: Teaching & Learning in the New Digital Landscape. In T. I. Group (Ed.), retrieved 7th July 2008, <http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/space/showimage/Jukes+-+Understanding+Digital+Kids.pdf >.