EDET 679 Week 5 What research can support or refute Matera’s claims?
The net generation is the generation to first grow up surrounded by digital media, (Tapscott, 2008). “It is through the use of the digital media that the Net Gen will develop and superimpose its culture on the rest of society.” However, according to Matera, many schools are still practicing “two-hundred year old” traditions. “We must adjust our thinking to align with the new movement in education and look past the old ways and create more dynamic learning environments and methods of teaching,” (Matera, loc. 484).
According to Tapscott, America’s high school and college dropout rates are high. He believes the problem is because educators are stuck in the Industrial Age, and if we replace our educational practice to reflect our “new world,” we can help students live up to their full potential by:
- instead of focusing on the teacher, the education system should focus on the student;
- instead of lecturing, teachers should interact with students and help them discover for themselves;
- instead of delivering a one-size fits all form of education, schools should customize the education to fit each child’s individual way of learning;
- instead of isolating students; the schools should encourage them to collaborate.
According to Griffin, “We can’t ignore the effect that technology has had on every aspect of our social, industrial, educational, personal and economic lives.” We need new skills to make sense of what we learn. For example, we have to teach our students to find our how to do things without direct instruction like how to use a tablet or smartphone to find an answer to a question (Griffin, 2013).
Matera explains the benefits of moving away from the traditional classroom and into the “new world.” For instance, games make kids want to learn, they strive to do extraordinary, are motivated by the challenges, they encourage each other, and are proud of their accomplishments (loc. 529).
Sun Prairie Area School District listed several ways they have moved away from the old school, and into the new: streaming videos online, recording lectures and notes on the Interactive whiteboard and posting on the classroom website, searching online resources or reading online books, and instead of printing hard copies, email the documents, or post to the classroom website.
“If we don’t allow for explicit inclusion of skills and prepare students properly to live and work in a new technologically driven world, then their lack of education will hurt them and the rest of us,” according to Griffin.
Griffin, P. (2013, September 16). Old school or new school? Teach future skills and traditional subjects together. Retrieved October 05, 2016, from http://theconversation.com/old-school-or-new-school-teach-future-skills-and-traditional-subjects-together-18179
Matera, M. (2014). Entering the Realm of the Nobles: Michael Matera. Retrieved September 15, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFG3Vk-MCf8
Old School vs. New School Technology – Sun Prairie Area School District. (n.d.). Retrieved October 05, 2016, from http://www.sunprairie.k12.wi.us/district/OldSchoolNewSchool.cfm
Tapscott, D. (2008). Grown Up Digital : How the Net Generation Is Changing Your World. New York, NY, USA: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing. Retrieved from http://www.ebrary.com