Young Canadians in a Wired WorldYoung Canadians In A Wired World: The Students’ View is a nationwide investigation of Internet use among Canadian youth, exploring what they do online, how they perceive the Internet and what they know about it. These survey results reinforce the fact that Canadian youth are highly engaged participants in the online world. However, the data also presents findings which show that, in this age of connectivity, there is a substantial discrepancy between how parents see their children using the Internet, and what their children are actually doing online.
The Whole Child Approach to LearningThu, 03/13/2008 - 15:19 -- admin The American Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) calls on parents, educators, policymakers, and communities to join forces to ensure our children become productive, engaged citizens. Our children deserve an education that emphasizes academic rigor as well as the essential 21st century skills of critical thinking and creativity.
The Technology Fear Factor in EducationThu, 03/13/2008 - 15:15 -- admin This creative video asserts that American education continues to be afraid of technology and ignore its importance to our future as a nation and the future of our children. Further, it advises that we must move ahead and use technology to teach and to keep our kids safe, as wisely-used technology can be a friend of education, whereas ignorance is the true enemy.
Are Kids Different Because of Digital Media?Thu, 03/13/2008 - 15:01 -- admin The MacArthur Foundation (USA) launched a $50 million initiative in 2006 to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. The foundation asserts that the answers are critical to developing educational and other social institutions that can meet the needs of this and future generations.
More information on [[http://www.digitallearning.macfound.org| The MacArthur Foundation website]].
Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants“Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.” So begins Mark Prensky’s article, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, in which he discusses the divide between the current generation of parents, teachers and school administrators – who grew up in the age before the internet – and today’s students, who have been raised in an era of digital communication and technology.
Catching the Knowledge Wave: The Knowledge Society and the Future of EducationThu, 02/07/2008 - 14:08 -- adminJane Gilbert says that knowledge is now a verb, not a noun – something we do rather than something we have – and explores the ways our schools need to change to prepare people to participate in the knowledge-based societies of the future. Read our staff review of Catching the Knowledge Wave?, below.
About the author Jane Gilbert is a chief researcher with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. She has a background in teaching at both secondary and tertiary levels.
Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net GenerationThu, 01/31/2008 - 19:00 -- adminIn Growing Up Digital, bestselling author Don Tapscott profiles this net generation and how its use of digital technology reshaping the way society and individuals interact. Unlike the Baby Boomers who grew up with the passive medium of television, children today, in ever-growing numbers, are embracing interactive media such as the Internet, CD-ROM, and video games.
Exploring Democracy: ICT and Inquiry Fuel the JourneyWith the tools of technology, the support of the Galileo Educational Network, and an inquiry-based model of learning, grade 10 classes took on the question: “What are the implications of living in a democratic society within a larger global context?” Working closely with a specialist in middle east politics from the University of Calgary, students examined democracy in light of the invasion of Iraq. The study culminated in a video conference where students from two different cities presented and defended their positions around this controversial topic.
Today, many Indigenous Australians live in isolated, extremely poor communities. Substandard housing, high unemployment, and low levels of literacy and school attendance severely undermine health, well-being, and cultural continuity. Not surprisingly in these conditions, the beliefs and traditions of Indigenous Australians—expressed in hundreds of languages and dialects—are now disappearing.
The New Economy's Impact on LearningThe last decades of the 20th century saw countries around the world make the dramatic transition from closed, state-dominated, economies towards open, free-market, economies. This article explores the impact that the shift towards a more knowledge-based economy has had on Americans and, in particular, the implication for children’s learning. (A paper by Terry Ryan)
Report: e-learning in CanadaE-learning has made a remarkable transition over the past decade. In spite of a lack of definitive, empirical research, there is growing practical evidence that use of information and communication technology (ICT) can provide advantages to the learning process that are not readily available in other ways. Note that a state of the field review on e-learning conducted by the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance at Concordia University is also available. (Source: Canadian Council on Learning )
Review of E-Learning in Canada: Evidence, Gaps, and Promising DirectionsThis 2006 review develops an argument catalogue to encompass public, research, policy, and practitioner perspectives, assesses what is incomplete in the various literatures, explores what works (best practices), and provides a vision for promising new lines of research. The review focused on the role of e-learning in early childhood learning, elementary and secondary learning, post-secondary learning, adult learning, and health and learning. (Source: _ Canadian Council on Learning_).
the rise of technologyToday’s students are the first generation to grow up in the midst of digital technology and these very different experiences have changed the way they think, behave and, quite possibly, the physical structure of their brain. These students require radically different methods to engage them in the learning process and maximize the potential of new technologies that surround them.
The Skills Gap in Canada: Preparing for the Jobs of the FutureThe knowledge requirements of Canadians’ jobs are growing rapidly. Despite the successes of Canadian schools, a gap remains between the demand for workers with strong literacy and numeracy skills and the supply of Canadians who possess them. (Source: Canadian Council on Learning )
Media Literacy for Children in the Internet AgeStatistics Canada reports that 81% of homes with children under 18 years old are connected to the internet, and the number grows with each passing year. Media literacy is an important tool in the understanding of new media and for ensuring that children’s exposure to the digital world is enjoyable and safe, and guidance by parents and/or teachers plays an important role. (Source: Canadian Council on Learning)
Redefining Knowledge for the Post-industrial AgeJane Gilbert discusses the modern knowledge-based society and and explores the meaning of ‘knowledge’ in our current context. Gilbert also explores the history of thinking about education and how and why these ideas need to change.Read the article by clicking on the live link to the Canadian Education Association website, below.
Jane Gilbert, formerly a secondary teacher, is a chief researcher with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Report: Canadian trends in the integration of ICT for learning K-12This paper describes aspects of the current context of education policy in Canada, selected trends in the integration of information and communications technologies (ICT) for learning in the kindergarten to grade 12 education systems and offers observations about emerging visions of effective ICT integration. The ideas presented represent a synthesis of information reviewed in research reports, policy papers, selected seminars and surveys. (Source: Canadian Education Association)
Don't Bother Me Mom, I'm Learning : How Computer and Video Games Are Preparing Your Kids For Twenty-first Century SuccessMon, 01/07/2008 - 13:23 -- adminThe reason kids are so attracted to these games, Prensky says, is that they are learning about important “future” things, from collaboration, to prudent risk taking, to strategy formulation and execution, to complex moral and ethical decisions. Prensky’s arguments are backed up by university PhD’s studying not just game violence, but games in their totality, as well as studies of gamers who have become successful corporate workers, entrepreneurs, leaders, doctors, lawyers, scientists and other professionals.
technology-Dr. Bruce D. BerryWed, 12/12/2007 - 12:44 -- adminDifferent kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures. It is very likely that our students' brains have physically changed - and are fundamentally different from ours - as a result of how they grew up.
education for today and tomorrowThere’s no question that the world is a very different place than it was when public schooling became a common practice in North America. In fact, the rate of change itself has accelerated dramatically during this time frame.