I thought I would pose to you some questions I asked last year’s class about this week’s articles. Chapter 7 of Educating the Net Generation discusses the results of a 2004 student technology use survey at 13 selected institutions. How do the results compare with your own teaching and learning experiences? Do you think the focus on ‘information technology’ and the activities that represent them as defined in Table 1 replicates or rejects ‘traditional’ teaching approaches? And is that necessarily good or bad?
Chapter 9 of Educating the Net Generation takes up where Chapter 7 left off and explores some of the issues that arise when students who have had collaborative, multisensory, technology-enhanced learning experiences (inside and outside their school environments) arrive at college. When considering your future students does it make pedagogical sense to replicate the kind of learning experiences the Net Gen has apparently participated in or is there something to be said for a ‘traditional’ college approach?