CEnet Parent Briefing Ron van Vliet September 2006
Growing up digital • Digital “natives” • …or digital “immigrants”
1 in 5 people on Earth are aged between 10 -19 Generations 50% are under 25 TV generation Typewriters Memos Radio • The Web (72%) • Mobile devices • IM (74%) • Text Messaging • Online communities • MP3 • Video games • Computers • Email • CD 54% of students (grades 7-12) know more IM screen names than home phone numbers
For this Generation… • Ctrl + Alt + Del is as basic as ABC • Computers have always been there (and can fit in their backpacks!) • The Internet is better than TV • Can switch quickly between real and virtual • Doing is more important than knowing • Multitasking is a way of life • Typing is preferred to handwriting • Staying connected is essential • There is zero tolerance for delays • Consumer and creator are blurring • Bert and Ernie are old enough to be their parents
Net Gen and Brain Based Theory • To effect learning neural pathways need to be developed. • Passive learning can cause dendritic dieback and stunted neurons. • Active engagement develops neurons. The corpus collussum is better developed in millennials due to multitasking. • As a result: • Linear thought process is much less common than piecing together information from multiple sources. • Highly developed visual spatial skills(maybe from games), able to integrate virtual and physical. • Prefer inductive discovery, they learn better by discovery than exposition.
The good news • Beginning to manifest a range of positive social habits including a new focus on teamwork, achievement, modesty, and good conduct. • Identify with their parents’ values and feel close to their parents • Believe “It’s cool to be smart” (80%) • Believe doing well in school is important in their lives (96%) • Positive attitudes • Goal oriented • Hopeful & confident • Social conscience • Inclusive • Are fascinated by new technologies • Have unprecedented impact on adult purchases!!
The context Students must be prepared with the 21st century skills required to participate and thrive in an increasingly technological society. Teachers must provide learning environments which cater for the Net Generation (millennials).
CEnet • … a consortium of Catholic Education networks • who share a common vision • for a centralised, managed service • which delivers a learning architecture • to support education in the digital age Over 500 schools by the end of 2007
CEnet Overview Consortium members Partners Strategic Intent Applications (Editure) mydesktop mymail myclasses SINA Dioceses Broken Bay Wagga Wagga Wollongong Townsville Rockhampton Lismore Canberra-Goulburn Darwin Newcastle-Maitland Sydney Parramatta Developing, creating and sharing quality learning resources Supporting learning& teaching in a digital age Delivery of value added services over time (COG) Connectivity AAPT Building professional learning communities School administration & operation Integration Lithium Providing a connected learning environment Providing enhanced services at a lower cost, leveraging the combined buying power of all CEnet members
Benefits to our children • Anytime, anywhere access to quality learning and teaching resources • Access to 21st Century learning tools • Supporting individualised learning programs and different learning styles • Increased opportunities to include parents in the learning programs • Personalised user experience enhancing interest and ownership • Collaborative online programs aimed at building learning communities
What will it mean for your children? • Access to Editure’s mysuite (ex-myinternet) • Mymail: web-based email • Mydesktop: e-learning portal • Myclasses: virtual learning environment • SINA: content & email filtering, user privileges • Range of learning tools • Noticeboards, chats, discussion forums, surveys, file sharing areas, email filtering, web pages, text & images, web links, online journals, mailing lists, sharing control • Used by all catholic schools across Victoria, SA & WA • Over 3 million teachers and students worldwide
CEnet at Marian • One of a dozen pilot schools across the diocese • 2006: • Pilot in Year 9 HSIE • Planning and professional development • Whole school in 2007 • Design and creation of online lessons and collaborative projects using 21st Century tools
An invitation to parents • An online parent area with: • News from Lynn • Discussions & Chats • Surveys • Notices and forms • Study resources for parents