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Teaching the Digital Native March 6, 2010

Posted by twinsunplus1 in Digital Natives, Glogster, Prezi, Science, Teaching, Technologies, twitter, YouTube.
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The Teaching Science to Digital Native blog is my way of keeping up with the latest ways to bring science to the students. 

Most of us have heard the term, “digital native”.   Do we really know what that term means?  It refers to the generation of students who have grown up with technology–cell phones, laptops, home computers, digital cameras.   Since they have been using these tools since they were toddlers, in some cases, they understand the technologies better than the adults. 

Teachers have always worked hard to bring their students new experiences.  In the age of the digital native, the students are bringing the experiences to the teachers.   Teachers are the ones who are learning how to operate, integrate, and incorporate technologies into lessons and classrooms. 

Classrooms where the student and the teacher are using digital technologies are classrooms where project based learning or PBLs are the norm rather than the exception.   PBLs allow the student to enter the learning rather than being a passiver participant of the learning.   Technologies such as Twitter, YouTube, wikis, and blogs allow the student to go out and find the experts and learn more up-to-date and current information then was possible ever before.   Once the student has gained information and experiences, they can then utilize services like blogs, wikis, YouTube, Glogster, Twitter, and Prezi to get the information back out and incorporate it to a new situation.   That synthesis and redistribution of information is what learning is all about.   


Join me on my journey as I return to the world of education and learn to teach the digital native all about the world of science.   Over the next few weeks, I’ll be exploring some of these technologies and figuring out how to incorporate them into the NC standards and a High School Biology curriculum.   If you know of a technology that’s not listed, I’d love to hear about it.  If you use one of these in an “out of the box” kind of way, I’d love to hear about it too. 

In the meantime, I better check on the natives,