Impact of Technology on Students

There has really been an avalanche of research regarding the evolving learning profile of the “digital native.” It doesn’t matter whether or not you fully subscribe to all of Prensky’s assertions (as I know some of you don’t), you can’t deny that the technological reality in which our students are immersed (largely outside of school) is impacting the way they prefer to learn and to demonstrate their understanding.

I know that many have flocked to the writings of authors who seek to qualify and quantify these changes and their implications for teaching and learning in the 21st century. The tremendous interest generated by the Discovery EdTechConnect webinar featuring Daniel Pink evidences the same. [If you missed that webinar, you can access the event archive.]

Here is another great resource. In case you missed it [I did] this is the video from the “Totally Wired: How Technology is Changing Kids and Learning” public forum.

This public forum was held live on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 5:30-7:00 pm EST at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA, and virtually via webcast and in Second Life.

The featured speakers were:

Henry Jenkins, Professor, MIT, and author of Convergence Culture, will talk about his latest work on media literacy and skills young people need for the 21st Century.

Katie Salen, Professor, Parsons the New School for Design, and game designer, will discuss the new public school based on design and games she is opening in New York City.

Howard Gardner, Professor, Harvard University, and author of Five Minds for the Future, will talk about the ethical implications of growing up online.


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