Understanding the Digital Generation: Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape (21st Century Fluency)

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9781449585594: Understanding the Digital Generation: Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape (21st Century Fluency)

Today's world is different for our children, vastly different from the one we grew up in. The technologies we take for granted or simply don't understand have become an integral part of our children's identities. These technologies saturate practically every aspect of their daily lives. This digital bombardment is shaping who they are and who they will become. We must realize they live in a different world, and speak a different language. If we ever want to take a part in nurturing those who will be the architects of our future, it's up to us to learn that language and step into that world, to allow them to lead us in as much as we must lead them so that we may truly understand the digital generation.

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About the Author:

Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor, and keynote speaker. He is the president of the InfoSavvy Group, an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in the areas of assessment and evaluation, strategic alignment, curriculum design and publication, professional development, planning, change management, hardware and software acquisition, information services, customized research, media services, and online training as well as conference keynotes and workshop presentations. Over the past 10 years, Jukes has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 7,000 presentations. His Committed Sardine Blog is read by more than 100,000 people in 80 countries.

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"A highly relevant book that gives specific reasons for educators to shift to meet the needs of digital natives. This book is loaded with vignettes and cases to demonstrate how the kids of today think and learn, with strategies to help educators engage today s tech-savvy students."--Beth Madison, Principal

"Understanding the Digital Generation is grounded in the recognition that today's students are very different from those in the past, and it outlines new approaches to schooling with technology that should be heard and acted upon now."--Frank Kelly, Senior Partner, SHW Group (01/05/2010)

"The authors make a compelling case for the need to transform 20th-century classrooms into 21st-century learning environments to engage digital learners and prepare them to successfully collaborate, create, and compete in the mulitnational workplaces and communities of the new knowledge economy."--Janis Jensen, Director, Office of Academic Standards (01/05/2010)

"While many assume that 21st-century education merely demands access to hardware and the Internet, our greatest limit is one of pedagogical vision. Jukes, McCain, and Crockett consistently push us to re-imagine the entire premise of learning and collaboration in the future. Best of all, they know how to guide us through a strategic process that ensures our students will remain intellectually agile in a future that extends far beyond the traditional schoolhouse."--Christian Long, Educator and School Planner (01/06/2010)

"For academic advisors this book is a good resource to provide an understanding and appreciation for the digital generation of students. I recommend this book for academic advisors seeking to better improve their understanding and interactions with students of the digital generation."--Douglas A. Smith, Academic Advisor, College of Education"NACADA Journal" (05/22/2012)

"Ahighly relevant book thatgives specific reasons for educators to shift to meet the needs of digital natives. This book is loaded with vignettes and cases to demonstrate how the kids of today think and learn, with strategies to help educators engage today s tech-savvy students."--Beth Madison, Principal (12/28/2009)"

Jukes, McCain, and Crockett provide an excellent argument of why schools are not effectively preparing our students for the 21st-century global workforce. This shift of the paradigm where students move from consumers of knowledge to creators of their knowledge is paramount to students future successes. --Matt McClure, Superintendent (01/05/2010)"

In their new book, Jukes, McCain, and Crockett have broken new ground. While focusing on 21st-century skills, this group of authors has laid important groundwork for lifting our thinking into the 21st century. As they so aptly point out, we cannot correctly identify the skills for the 21st century with thinking still grounded in the 20th century. Jukes, McCain, and Crockett challenge our thinking first and then lead us to what is important for our students to be able to do in this new century. They are right on target for truly understanding the future of educating children. --Donna Walker Tileston, Author and International Presenter (01/05/2010)"

Jukes, McCain, and Crockett have laid out an excellent road map for learning in the 21st century.Readers will have clearer understanding of this digital generation and why our classrooms continue to teach analog students in a digital world. --James Cisek, CEO/President (01/05/2010)"

This book dramatically documents the need for educators to recognize that 21st-century learners do not learn like their predecessors. The included research and suggested strategies for change provide hope for the future. As a former Ohio school superintendent and staff development director, I believe this is a must-read for those truly interested in educational reform. --Steve Franko, Educational Consultant (01/05/2010)"

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