Event Date/Time: Nov 14, 2007 End Date/Time: Nov 14, 2007
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The new millennium was ushered in by a dramatic technological revolution. We now live in an increasingly diverse, globalized, and complex, media-saturated society. According to Dr. Douglas Kellner at UCLA this technological revolution will have a greater impact on society than the transition from an oral to a print culture.1

iKids in the New Millennium

You may have heard today’s students referred to as “digital natives”, and today’s educators as “digital immigrants”. We are working with students whose entire lives have been immersed in the 21st century media culture. Today’s students are digital learners – they literally take in the world via the filter of computing devices: the cellular phones, handheld gaming devices, PDAs, and laptops they take everywhere, plus the computers, TVs, and game consoles at home. A survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation found that young people (ages 8-18) mainline electronic media for more than six hours a day, on average. Many are multitasking – listening to music while surfing the Web or instant-messaging friends while playing a video game. (Synching Up with the iKid, www.edutopia.org)

Even toddlers utilize multimedia devices and the Internet with tools such as handheld video games like Leapster and web sites such as www.PBSkids.org and www.Nick.com. Preschoolers (including my 2-year-old grandson) easily navigate these electronic, multimedia resources on games in which they learn colors, numbers, letters, spelling, and more complex tasks such as mixing basic colors to create new colors, problem-solving activities, and reading.

About the Workshop

Attend this workshop to learn more about our digital natives (students) and how to connect the curriculum to their world. You will learn:

How students' brains absorb and process information in fundamentally new ways.

About media devices through which students filter information

How to incorporate these technologies into the classroom

See how to exceed the standards using these technologies

Go back to your school or classroom armed with a plan on specific strategies for incorporating technologies and multimedia into your lessons.


Additional Information

Join us in New Orleans on Nov. 14, 2007 or in Los Angeles on January 31, 2008. Registration fee of $295 includes registration, materials, continental breakfast, min-morning and mid-afternoon snack breaks.