Engaging the Digital Native

Monday Sessions 1 & 3
Dave Mendell
Mike Baker


Essential Questions -

- What is a Digital Native?

- How do we connect digital learners with the teaching of traditional subjects?

- As a teacher, what do you wish your kids did better /more of /could do?

- How can technology help?

My Goal... is to get you thinking...

Digital Natives Defined -

"Today’s kids crave tools that facilitate networking. As nimble multi-taskers, kids use hyperlinks/text and instantaneous random access seamlessly, as they do their homework, talk on the phone, listen to music, download movies, surf the Web, while maintaining multiple simultaneous conversations on a chat line. Using technology transparently, without marveling at it, or wondering about how it works, today’s generation have grown up speaking digital - this is their native language - and they speak it fluently; they are digital natives."
(Prensky, 2001a, 2001b; Monitor Today 2004; Stepp 2004).

Source - The InfoSavvy Group - http://web.mac.com/iajukes/thecommittedsardine/Articles_files/ndl.pdf

The differences between digital native learners and digital immigrant teachers.
Source: www.apple.com/au/education/digitalkids/disconnect/landscape.html
Digital Native Learners
Digital Immigrant Teachers
Prefer receiving information quickly from multiple multimedia sources.
Prefer slow and controlled release of information from limited sources.
Prefer parallel processing and multitasking.
Prefer singular processing and single or limited tasking.
Prefer processing pictures, sounds and video before text.
Prefer to provide text before pictures, sounds and video.
Prefer random access to hyperlinked multimedia information.
Prefer to provide information linearly, logically and sequentially.
Prefer to interact/network simultaneously with many others.
Prefer students to work independently rather than network and interact.
Prefer to learn “just-in-time.”
Prefer to teach “just-in-case” (it’s on the exam).
Prefer instant gratification and instant rewards.
Prefer deferred gratification and deferred rewards.
Prefer learning that is relevant, instantly useful and fun.
Prefer to teach to the curriculum guide and standardized tests.

Content Area Ideas and Examples -

I can't tell you how to teach, but hopefully my ideas will get you thinking...

How do you teach Language Arts?

Writing -

PowerPoint Poems - Poetry fits very well with Powerpoint... one thought per slide...
Connor's PPT poem in WMV format:

Photostory / Digital Storytelling -

Maple Sugaring Field Trip -
- As a follow-up to our field trip, I showed this video as a writing prompt.

Reading -

Reading Response Blog- This is a weekly assignment for my students. Feel free to read my directions page on the blog...
- I use a local blog server but this can easily be done using edublogs or another service.

Mr. Henshaw Journals- - This was a great project which engaged all students with the book Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.
- Follow the links and you'll note that we used a combination of class and student wikis for this project.

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- This is a great kid-friendly site! The Movie projects are intuitive and a good predecessor to teaching kids to work in Movie Maker or iMovie

- Check out my Kerpoof movie!

How do you teach math?

SMART Notebook
- The software is downloadable and can be used effectively even without a SMARTboard!

Here is a copy of the sample I showed in my presentation:

Web Sudoku

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How do you teach Social Studies?

To collaborate on a study of Colonial Pennsylvania, students used webs created in bubbl (www.bubbl.us) then embedded them into our wikis.
Note - Use the controls in each embedded window to shrink the web so you can see the whole thing...

My Template for each Chapter

A completed web

Student Wikis -

Connor's student wiki

Samantha's Wiki

Presentation Slides -

- Below is the slideshow from my presentation... essentially the same info with some of my research...

Resources -

Daves Websites, Wikis and other Resources

Email - dmendell [at] wssd.org
Wiki www.mendell.wikispaces.com
Student Wiki www.mendellstudentwikis.wikispaces.com
Class Blog http://davemendell.edublogs.org/
Reading Response Blog - http://srsteachers.org/blogs/dmendell/

Additional Resources
Bubbl http://www.bubbl.us
Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com
SMARTNotebook - http://www2.smarttech.com/st/en-US/Products/SMART+Board+software/default.
Web Sudoku -
CBox - http://www.cbox.ws/

InfoSavvy Group - http://web.mac.com/iajukes/thecommittedsardine/Handouts.htm