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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Publication Date :
23 July 2012
DOI :
10.1787/9789264111011-en
 
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OECD
Pages :
21–49
DOI :
10.1787/9789264111011-4-en

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Technology and connectivity are having an important effect on contemporary life. This chapter provides the evidence of such an effect. To begin with, technology is fuelling economic growth. New business opportunities emerge thanks to technology. The adoption of technology changes not only the way in which work is organised but also the nature of work and the skills required. Secondly, the way in which people access services or goods, both public and private, is also permeated by technology and connectivity. Last but not least, social relationships are also affected by new technology developments. Yet, the impressive effects of technology and connectivity do not immediately translate into connectedness as a public good. There are clear indications that important divides persist, particularly drawing on gender, age and socio-economic status.