Teaching the Dot Coms & Ferals

Five Questions Facing Educators of

DotComs & Ferals

  1. How do you go about gaining and keeping
    the attention of DotComs and Ferals ?
  2. How do we teach students who have a
    need to multichannel ?
  3. Setting up behaviour management
    strategies for kids with no boundaries ?
  4. What would a supportive environment for
    these kids look and feel like ?
  5. The whole question of relevancy, how do
    we meet their needs ?

Generational Characteristics : DotComs & Ferals

DotComs:

(14-29)

Ferals :

(0-13)

   

temporary pairing Social

momentary relationships

group socialising

no patterns; in the moment

Net relationships Personal

global limitless relationships

no careers,
own path Work

future jobs not important

parental home Living

parental home

global identity Focus

global identity; no boundaries

global commitment

non consumers Status

non consumers;

global values

identity from activity Identity

identity from self values

immediacy Planning

very immediate & long term

wired Lifestyle

wired into global village

multichannelled Mode

unlimited channels

multiactions

unlimited expectations more

planetary mission Values

planetary mission

group focus

self & global group foci

temporary Authority

deference

no deference

momentary respect per need

need change       Change

are change, live change,

welcome change

ignore resistance to change.

 


IN OUR INFORMATION / TECHNOLOGY SATURATED ENVIRONMENT

REQUIREMENTS for TEACHING

from Net discussion with Michael Gurstein, Canada

Not to replace our basic set of skills ( 3R’s)

but to

add a set of complex / conceptual skills

 

We must also know how to

  • manage

  • construct

  • deconstruct

information and knowledge at a CONCEPTUAL level

So we can

make sense

of what we are doing

with ITs

 

So we can control ITs

and how they

structure our relationship

with others and with the

physical world.

Young are developing such skills

spontaneously and

intuitively.

 

We need to catch up

or get out of their way

or help them systematize

what they sense.

 


THE EIGHT MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES

Howard Gardner

  1. Linguistic : word smart
  2. Logical-mathematical : number / reasoning smart
  3. Spatial : picture smart
  4. Bodily-Kinaesthetic : body smart
  5. Musical : music smart
  6. Interpersonal : people smart
  7. Intrapersonal : self smart
  8. Naturalist : nature smart

 

CONSIDER

  • Standard IQ tests measure 1 and 2.
  • Traditional classrooms focus on 1 and 2.
  • Future requires more 6 , 7 and 8 .

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