Friday, 21 November 2008

Is it true that we are too old to understand children of the next generation?

The news that you might be interesting and also relate to our course and the topic that we were talking about - connectivism. This research's finding is:

There is a generation gap in how youth and adults view the value of online activity.

Adults tend to be in the dark about what youth are doing online, and often view online activity as risky or an unproductive distraction.
Youth understand the social value of online activity and are generally highly motivated to participate.
Youth are navigating complex social and technical worlds by participating online.

Young people are learning basic social and technical skills that they need to fully participate in contemporary society.
The social worlds that youth are negotiating have new kinds of dynamics, as online socializing is permanent, public, involves managing elaborate networks of friends and acquaintances, and is always on.
Young people are motivated to learn from their peers online.

The Internet provides new kinds of public spaces for youth to interact and receive feedback from one another.
Young people respect each other’s authority online and are more motivated to learn from each other than from adults.
Most youth are not taking full advantage of the learning opportunities of the Internet.

Most youth use the Internet socially, but other learning opportunities exist.
Youth can connect with people in different locations and of different ages who share their interests, making it possible to pursue interests that might not be popular or valued with their local peer groups.
“Geeked-out” learning opportunities are abundant – subjects like astronomy, creative writing, and foreign languages.

Often children said to me that I am too old to understand how they feel/think and the new world out there. I found myself spilt into two parts because I am still studying in the college so part of me is fresh and still adopting the new tech from the college. But another part of me is a way too old, being a mother of five children (including the foster children), I do feel there is a big gap between me and the children, well not just the age also our values and beliefs. If these children are learning their social skill online then maybe we as parents should go online as well so we can learn and find out more what are children thinking these days.

these information is cited from


Jen said...

I think that historically every generation feels that the one before them doesn't understand them or how to tap into their psyc. The difference now is that (in terms of technology tools at least) the technological natives (ie:the children/youth) actually do know more than us older folks. It stands to reason then that in order to engage with the younger generation we have to respect the knowledge they have - accept that we need to learn from them as well and of course - we must use the tools they are comfortable with to faciliate, navigate and guide them. So my answer is no, we are not too old - we are learning a second language, a language in which our children are already fluent!
You may be interested in the latest edition of the TES. The magazine has an interesting article on the proper intergration of technology in education and looks at adult resistance to this issue. Jen xx

Crystal said...

hi, Jen
thank you for your comment and I've read the news on TES meg, suprisely that only 17% of primary school and only 5% of secondary school teacher feel confident use the computer or the skills of ICT. there is a gap now between the last generation teaching and the teaching now also the teachers. have look what we are learning now, they are prepareing us to be high tech teachers and high tech practioners ready for the next generation. so my next question is 'can [old] teachers catch up the next generation and the new way of learning/teaching?' Personally I don't think that will be easy for them!!

Jen said...

Research has shown that you can continue to learn new skills regardless of you really the question you ask is not so much CAN they catch up - more like WILL they catch's pretty much down to whether they have the inclination/drive...though I would guess that teaching staff themselves would say it's more about a time issue, given the demands of the curriculum. Then we find ourselves back to the issue of whether the NC should be redesigned to reflect the 21st century learner.... it's funny how it always comes back to that isn't it! Jx

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Brian Melling said...

Also important to keep learning Worried to read your stats about confidence shown by Primary and secondary teachers in using all available ICT skills and hardware

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