Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Digital Natives and Immigrants

Now that we've seen quite a bit of material on generational differences, let's begin to discuss this further.  Last week and this week, you're being introduced to some of the literature concerning today's students - who people think they are, what characteristics, they have, etc. Does any of what you read sound like your students?

Further, you're also being exposed to some the research regarding generational differences.  How do the writings from Week 1 compare to what the research says about the differences between generations?

For your blog entry this week, I'd like you to reflect on what these two authors have said. How have each of the authors described YOUR students? What have each of the authors said that doesn't describe your students at all? Are there any characteristics, traits or behaviors of your students that none of these authors have even mentioned? Basically, how do your students compare to what these authors have to say?

Adding in the research, what do you think makes the most sense? Does the review of the research conducted by Reeves and Twenge really matter if Howe and Strauss or Prensky got it right in the first place?

[Before you ask, "Wait, what do I need to write about?" read the last few paragraphs again.  Then, collect your thoughts on all of the readings, and use most/all of the above questions to guide your writing.  Be thorough, but not robotic when crafting your post based on the above questions.]

In addition to the entry responding to this prompt on your own blog this week, please make a comment on two of your fellow students' blogs.

Your own response to this prompt should be posted by midnight on Saturday, July 7th, 2012. Your comments on other students' blogs should be completed by midnight on Monday, July 9th, 2012. Please note that the first due date will normally be on Friday, but due to the holiday today I'm giving you an extra day.

As this is your first reflective blogging assignment, please look at the assignment description in Blackboard [Content-->Assignments] to see what constitutes quality reflection and discussion.  Early on, I will be active in commenting; however, good online pedagogy states that instructor involvement should wane over time to prevent the instructor from being a crutch in maintaining good discussion (Mazzolini & Maddison, 2007).

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