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Brain refocus


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The digital native

The Digital Native

How our learners are changing and learning

Carolyn Wert

November 4, 2008

Does this sound familiar
Does this sound familiar?

Technology use by today s students
Technology Use by Today’s Students

  • 24 Hours in the Life of a Digital Native


Discuss in small groups
Discuss in small groups

Essential questions

  • Compare/contrast the Digital Immigrant and Digital Native

  • In what ways does our status as Digital Immigrants cause us to struggle to reach out to our technologically savvy students?

  • What are some ways to make our immigrant accents less distinguished to our students?

  • What are the advantages that digital natives have over our generations?

  • Discuss why the following assumption is no longer valid:

    • “Digital Immigrant teachers assume that learners are the same as they have always been, and that the same methods that worked for teachers when they were students will work for their students now.”

  • What have we done and what do we still need to do to be the ultimate learners?

Teen researchers
Teen Researchers

  • Unskilled, impatient, unsophisticated researchers

  • Like clean, uncluttered interfaces and web pages

  • Distracted by ads, animations, etc.

  • The “Happy Clicker” phenomenon

  • Growing up with the technology so quickly

    • Don’t understand the ethics behind it

    • Don’t understand the responsibility of it

    • Don’t have the skills to evaluate all of the information

The google game
The Google Game*

  • Promotes well-thought out searches

  • Eliminates frustrations of searching

  • Limits number of results

  • Results are more reliable and readable

  • Uses quotation marks, minus signs, site operators

*Source: Watkins, Katrine. “Return of the Google Game.” School Library Journal May 2008:46-48.

Tips for searching
Tips for Searching

  • Build your own search string—like stringing beads on a string

    • Terms: the words you enter in your search box

      • use common words

      • use words absolutely essential to your topic

    • Search String: group of terms

      • do not need to use the word and or +

      • leave space between terms

    • Phrase Search: two or more words in a specific order

      • Use for common phrases or proper names

      • Put words in quotation marks

      • Ex: “peanut butter”

      • Ex: What rights does everyone in the world deserve to have?

        • Common phrase is “human rights” not “rights everyone deserves”

More tips
More Tips

  • Negative Term: exclude certain terms

    • Use when there are ambiguous terms

      • Ex: If you are looking for information on eagles (bird)

        • Search could be: bird eagles –football

    • Use to exclude certain websites

      • Ex: If you are looking for information on eagles

        • Search could be: eagles territory –football –wikipedia

  • Site Operators: can select types of web sites

    • Use to get reliable educational sites, government sites

    • Ex: site:edu (no space before or after the colon)

    • Ex: eagles site:edu

  • CTL F: helps to locate your word or phrase on the page

  • Search for a filetype

    • Ex. Eagles filetype:ppt

Let us digress
Let Us Digress

  • What is a Wiki? Why not Wikipedia?

  • A web site that allows users to easily create, edit, and organize web pages

  • A web site that allows visitors the capability to edit the pages

  • A collaboration of work from many sources/authors

  • Wikipedia in “Real Time”—almost


Let s play the google game
Let’s Play The Google Game

  • Let’s search for the greenhouse effect and its relationship to global warming

    • What are some possible keywords?

    • greenhouse effect—how many results?

    • “greenhouse effect”--how many results?

    • Add site:gov—now how many?

    • Add new term: “tropical rainforests”

Your turn
Your Turn

  • Using your new knowledge, find the answers to the following questions:

    • What is the average number of balls used in a major league baseball game?

    • What did F. Scott Fitzgerald believe makes a good story?

  • Your job is to answer the question with the fewest reliable results.

  • Prizes awarded!!!! 

Share your results
Share Your Results

  • What is the average number of balls used in a major league baseball game?

  • What did F. Scott Fitzgerald believe makes a good story?

Middle school resources
Middle School Resources

  • Power Library

  • Web/Max

  • United Streaming/Discovery Education

  • Safari Montage

Power library databases for students and professionals
Power Library-databases for students and professionals

  • Complete access at school

  • Access from home via the Bucks County Free Library at

    • You will need your library card number and a PIN number

    • If running Norton antivirus program, you may need to temporarily disable it to access the databases. Once you are in the databases you can re-enable it.

Web max the i u s media catalog
Web/MAX-the I.U.’s media catalog

  • Access through the Bucks County I.U. at

  • Web/MAX login:

    • Username is your IU number—110._ _ _ _

    • Password is __________

Discovery education formerly united streaming
Discovery Education-formerly United Streaming

  • Access through this web site

  • Log in:

    • Username is your IU number

    • Password is __________

    • Do NOT change your password

  • Thousands of streaming videos, audio files, educational photos, clip art images, illustrations, print resources, databank of quizzes, Quiz Builder, Assignment Builder, and more

  • Videos/clips can be downloaded, saved to a computer, flash drive, iPOD, CD, or DVD

  • Accessible from home

  • Do not give students log in information

Safari montage video on demand over 1 000 titles available stored on district server
Safari Montage-Video-on-demand; over 1,000 titles available; stored on district server

  • Access by typing Safari in the URL box in Internet Explorer—at school only

  • At log in screen

    • Click on your school

    • Password is the password you use to access the Pennsbury server

  • Can create playlists

  • Instructional materials available—guides, data sheets, quizzes

  • Cannot access at home

  • Cannot download videos—can only save to a playlist

How do we reach our students
How do we reach our students? age?

What do we do to reach our students?