I attended an interesting keynote luncheon at NECC this afternoon by Marc Prensky, author of Digital Game-Based Learning. In the session, Prensky made some interesting points about how today’s kids learn. As ‘digital natives’ – today’s kids have never really known life without computers and live with constant sensory stimulation through iPods, cell phones, remotes, video games, instant messenger, etc. He suggested that, unlike previously generations, kids today demand to be constantly engaged and the onus is on teachers to ensure this happens.
Prensky’s speech made me think about my teaching habits when I was in the classroom – I wonder if I was as cognizant as I should have been of how student’s learning styles have changed, or if I too often assumed that ‘kids are kids’ and the way they think now is the same way I thought when I was their age.
When you are planning a lesson, do you consciously think about the fact that how students learn today differs from how you learned when you were growing up or how you learn now? If so – what kinds of changes have you made to your lessons to meet their needs?