Connected Minds
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Connected Minds

Technology and Today's Learners

In all OECD countries, digital media and connectedness are integral to the lives of today’s learners. It is often claimed that these learners are "new millennium learners", or "digital natives", who have different expectations about education. This book contributes to the debate about the effects of technology attachment and connectedness on today’s learners, and their expectations about teaching.

The book sets out to answer the following questions: Can the claim that today’s students are "new millenium learners" or "digital natives be sustained empirically? Is there consistent research evidence demonstrating the effects of technology on cognitive development, social values, and learning expectations? What are the implications for educational policy and practice?

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The empowerment of children and young people through digital media and connectivity has resulted in a number of new challenges to education. Very little is known about the effects of becoming a content producer with a potentially unlimited audience at a very early age. Even less about the impact of creating and nurturing virtual social networks which are, in many ways, free from any adult supervision. These emerging issues in relation to how young people use digital media and connectivity can be mapped out in five different domains: entertainment, information, knowledge and learning, social and psychological. Although the resulting issues can be seen as sources of concern, they can also be regarded in most cases as opportunities for engaging in an educational dialogue with learners.
 
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