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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Author(s):
Barbara Ischinger

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Back in 2007, when the OECD work on the New Millennium Learners (NML) started, there was a sense that the increasing levels of technology attachment of young people, their familiarity with digital media and the fact that they are always connected, had to have, sooner or later, an impact on education. This was the intuition that led the OECD Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) to tackle the issue from an evidence-based perspective. As the ongoing discussions about the New Millennium Learners tend to be pervaded by previous assumptions about learning, on the one hand, and technology, on the other, it was felt that an evidence-based perspective is the only one that can bring answers to the many issues prompted, paving the way for appropriate policy responses.
 
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