Thursday, April 26, 2007

Realize > Now Adapt

From a presentation on new media and "digital natives" at Penn State:

1. Media and gadgets are ubiquitous parts of everyday life
2. New gadgets allow people to enjoy media, gather information, and carry on communication anywhere and any time.
3. The internet (especially broadband) is at the center of the revolution
4. Multi-tasking becomes a way of life

5. Ordinary citizens have a chance to be publishers, movie makers, artists, song creators, and story tellers
6. Everything will change even more in the coming years

As always, I am happy to find that others are subscribing to these realities. The next big step is for teaching bodies in higher education become acclimatized to these facts. How will that change pedagogy?

What I am seeking is a common resolution to the problem of integrated technology for users at all levels of development and deployment of pedagogies that allow for both traditional methods to remain and effective strategies to emerge for a generation with different learning methods.

I say "development" in place of being "native" or "immigrant". Levels of technological integration into one's life may happen at any age, regardless of date of birth or complexity. My toddler has her own digital camera. Her grandfather uses GPS to measure the distance from his golf ball to the green.

Traditional methods must remain for those students (some I have in my classes) who dislike technology or have not yet reached a level of higher integration.

However, pedagogy must adapt and allow for students who have a different way of learning and communicating due to these realities (listed above).

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