Category Archives: digital natives

The real barrier to IT adoption

In response to Dan Haesler’s piece For today’s learners , it just clicks.SMH Nov 14(http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/for-todays-learners-it-just-clicks-20111113-1ndwi.html). Yes, NSW schools now have access to great learning technologies thanks in large part to the National DER initiative and our State Connected Classrooms Program. … Continue reading

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NewTube

YouTube is finally available to DET NSW teachers- after years of frustration beating on doors. Access will of course allow teachers to plan, research, display and embed YT videos in their resources, within their working context . One giant step…for … Continue reading

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Sustaining narratives for the news age

The planets seemed to align lately with a few converging themes in relation to boredom thresholds and the atomisation of information. Harry Lewis voice at Googalization of Everything- ‘The factoids are not just instant; they are atomic. We keep e-mails … Continue reading

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MySpace cadets sliding into addiction

Miranda Devine’s reminder of the perils of technology (SMH April 4) are  timely, given the announcement this week of the $150 million schools laptop rollout. Just as TV did to a generation of children (myself included), we need to ward … Continue reading

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Real voices for cybersafety

After skimming another task force report (Harvard Law school) on cybersafety - I’m reminded how fresh and insightful Tom Woods comments are on the issue. Tom caused a stir two years ago when he was all of 16, and ‘hacked’ into the … Continue reading

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Debunking Digital natives

Christopher Scanlons piece in the Australian thows more cold water on the anthropological ‘natives’ theory (ref  earlier comments). Scanlon’s observations as a lecturer in journalism at Charles Sturt Uni give us more cause to dispute the assertion that the natives … Continue reading

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You’ve got mail

On the eve of relaunching email services for teachers and students in DET, its interesting to reflect on email. My daughter came home with her computer skills test last week, and going through the paper (like a IT concerned Dad), … Continue reading

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YouTube Baby

 Among the treats at last weekends Blue Mts Folk festival was Jake Shimabukuro. The MC introduced him as a YouTube Baby- (is that now the Y in Gen Y?). When talking to the presenter after the show he mentioned how Jake … Continue reading

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Filters a no go

Seems like another argument against net filters is emerging as the previous Fed Govs NetAlert campaign undergoes a rethink. Piece by Heath Gilmour claims that the Rudd Government has branded a failure the $85 million software filter scheme to protect … Continue reading

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Waiting for the revolution

Reading today in the SMH about the demise in the record industry, seems to have parallels and similar lessons for education.  Firstly the industry is based on flawed assumptions: Generic business mode Monopoly on information Single source providors Users can’t … Continue reading

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Pre-teen networking

After chasing my daughter off Disney Channel she settles onto club Penguin for the afternoon…or so she thought. Michael Dwyer’s [Guardian] piece (thanks Ian), on pre-teen social networking, confirms all my notions about milking this lucrative market. While there’s lots … Continue reading

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Once were natives

Seems like everyones over it- George Siemens comprehensive post on Prensky’s ‘Digital natives’ refers to the numbers of papers he has refereed using the notion. In a paper I wrote nearly twelve months ago, a reviewer similarly pulled me up … Continue reading

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Being digital citizens

Email from colleague Janet Burstall about a ‘Cybernite’ held at her daughters school (for parents and students) regarding being a digital citizen- great initiative. Wonder how many other schools are doing this? Time we (DET) thought of putting together a … Continue reading

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Real critical literacies

Howard Rheingold’s recent speech delivered at education.au seminar in Melbourne, prompted my thinking in terms of what we need to teach our students (and teachers), to become C21 citizens, not just in terms of essential researching /information skills but also … Continue reading

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Digital literacy in a knowledge economy

Essay on the ABC website (thanks Ian) by John Hartley, is a good encapsualtion of the argument for fostering real critical literacies to create open innovation networks. Although schools and universities certainly teach “ICT skills” and even “creative practice”, so … Continue reading

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Digital literacy in a knowledge economy

Rich piece from John Hartley (thanks again Ian), arguing the point for an open innovations network. Such a network will harness the energies of the whole population, not just those of ‘isolated expert elites’. In a Web 2 knowledge economy, … Continue reading

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Net safety

Colleague Ian Mckee passed on this background briefing from ABCs radio national. Again the message is that we need to educate kids about Internet safety and not rely on filters to do the job. Kids are too savvy these days … Continue reading

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Net Geners

A timely article by Barbara Combes (Edith Cowan Uni) from her thesis on behavour of the Net Gen. Her analysis of research on the Net gen largely debunks the myth of an intuitive user who is capable of using electronic … Continue reading

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Net Gen & Digital natives

The assumptions underpinning the ‘Net Gen /Digital natives’ cohort need unpacking. I suspect they are more part of a ‘mobile’ gen than Net gen. In this article, Sarah Lohnes and Charles Kinzer argue for a more nuanced understanding of Net … Continue reading

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Student in the digital knowledge space

The following is an excerpt from a discussion paper I have written around PLEs, formal /informal learning. The diagram was inspired by Scott Wilson’s work.

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