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Understanding the Digital Generation: Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape


Course Description

Because of digital bombardment and the emergence of the new digital landscape, "digital natives" process information, interact, and communicate in fundamentally different ways than any previous generations. In this course, Ina Jukes introduces neuroscientific and psychological research that explains how the use of technology, including frequent interruptions and shifts in attention, impacts the functions of the brain. These experiences are re-wiring and re-shaping students' cognitive processes. Consequently, to adapt, a fundamental shift in teaching is required to prepare teachers and students for the Information Age.

Educators will learn to identify and challenge unconscious and outdated assumptions about schools and learning. They will analyze and revise their beliefs about what constitutes knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving as they adapt their instructional practices and assessment strategies to the requirements of the digitized 21"century. Educators will focus on the eight core learning attributes of their digital learners and the eight core teaching and assessment strategies that appeal to millennial learners. They will learn to develop research-based constructivist models that will enable students to think, explore, and develop their own learning-to succeed not only in high-stakes testing but also in the real world. Finally, educators will learn that informational, technological, and media fluency can and should be taught in a structured manner, embedded at every grade level, in every subject area, the responsibility of every teacher throughout the entire school experience.


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Course Presenter

Ian Jukes

Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor, and keynote speaker. He is the director of InfoSavvy21, an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in many areas, including assessment and evaluation, strategic alignment, professional development, change management, and hardware and software acquisition. Jukes has written twelve books, nine educational series, and has had more than 100 articles published in various journals. His most recently published books include Teaching the Digital Generation: No More Cookie Cutter High Schools, Windows on the Future, and Net.Savvy: Building Information Literacy for the Classroom. Jukes is also the publisher and co-editor of the Committed Sardine Blog, which is electronically distributed to more than 90,000 people in over 60 countries. In 2002 he was named one of the top ten educational speakers in America by Consulting Magazine Online.

Partner Profile

Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG) is a leading public sector solutions implementation and operations improvement firm that partners with health, education, and human services agencies to improve lives. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, PCG has nearly 2,000 professionals in more than 50 offices around the US, in Canada and in Europe. PCG’s Education practice offers consulting services and technology solutions that help schools, school districts, and state education agencies/ministries of education to promote student success, improve programs and processes, and optimize financial resources.

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