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Education and the Digital Age. Tom Ritchie Kent Union President History Graduate 2011. Themes for discussion. Generation Y and beyond: internet addicts, or digital natives? Technology, Democracy and HEIs: Is Blooms Taxonomy o bsolete? ‘For lunch today I had…’

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Education and the digital age

Education and the Digital Age

Tom Ritchie

Kent Union President

History Graduate 2011


Themes for discussion
Themes for discussion

  • Generation Y and beyond: internet addicts, or digital natives?

  • Technology, Democracy and HEIs: Is Blooms Taxonomy obsolete?

  • ‘For lunch today I had…’

  • Does technology benefit learning, or is it a hindrance?

  • It’s too hard.

  • The future for Kent: 2012 and beyond.


Generation y and beyond internet addicts or digital natives
Generation Y and beyond: internet addicts, or digital natives?

  • When was the first time you went on the internet?

  • How long have you been on Facebook?

  • How many hours a day do you spend on Social Media?

    What did you do when you studied at university or school?

    How many hours a week would you ask your students to study, including lectures, seminars and library time?

  • Average Social Media usage a day: 5 hours.

  • Average time on just Youtube in a week: 20 hours.

  • Average number of texts sent worldwide everyday: 10 billion+.


Generation y and beyond internet addicts or digital natives1
Generation Y and beyond: internet addicts, or digital natives?

There are 168 hours in a week. Based on current statistics students at the University of Kent:

Sleep for 56 hours a week = 1/3

Use digital media for (on average) 55 hours a week = 1/3

Therefore we have 1/3 of the week for everything else, including formal studying.

How do you deal with this time deficit?


Generation y and beyond internet addicts or digital natives2
Generation Y and beyond: internet addicts, or digital natives?

  • Period of Formal Operations (12 years and onwards)

  • Characteristic Behaviour:

  • Thought becomes more abstract, incorporating the principles of formal logic. The ability to generate abstract propositions, multiple hypotheses and their possible outcomes is evident. Thinking becomes less tied to concrete reality.

    Digital Natives

    Wikipedia – Wiki = Hawaiian for Quick.


Digital natives
Digital Natives. natives?

  • 40,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of information or:

  • 4.0 x 10^19

  • How much information do you think this corresponds to in terms of what was created in previous years?

  • 1, 2, 5, 20, 50?

  • 5,000 years.


Technology democracy and heis
Technology, Democracy and HEIs. natives?

  • The power of technology as a democratising force is now in the top three in the world.

  • Look at Egypt, look at the London riots.

  • News has never been so NEW.


Blooms taxonomy
Blooms Taxonomy natives?


For lunch today i had
‘For lunch today I had…’ natives?

  • This is commonly held view of social media, and digital media. A mundane tool of distraction which has no real world application value.


Biggest threat to learning
Biggest threat to learning. natives?

Neither. These are the tools for distraction, but not the biggest threat.


Does technology benefit learning or act as a hindrance
Does Technology benefit learning or act as a hindrance natives?

  • 2011 American SATs: students who learned using online tools scored more highly than those who learnt ‘traditionally’.

  • Technology does benefit learning, but it has to be done fantastically well, or it will fail. Its potential is as a hugely powerful tool.

  • The inconvenient truth.




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