"Welcome to the Sandbox" Resources for Block 2

Think about the changing landscape of teaching and learning. What do these changes mean to students, educators, administrators, curriculum specialists and those individuals facilitating workplace learning? Share your reflections on your learners and the world in which they are growing up in this week's discussion forum. Click the Discussions tab at the top of Block 2.

Digital Natives - Digital Immigrants - by Marc Prensky (2001). Prensky's analogy became well known among educators, authors and educational technologists. What do you think about this native/immigrant analogy? Below are two more recent responses to the Digital Native/Digital Immigrant discussion: (as well as comments from educators following these blogs)

What do you think now? What is your perspective?

Learning to Change - Changing to Learn - Produced by the Consortium for School Networking(COSN)

A Vision of K - 12 Students Today
“This project was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills. Equally important, it serves to motivate district level leaders to provide teachers with the tools and training to do so.”

3 Steps for 21st Century Learning

And a few more places to visit for those that are interested:
What is a 21st Century Classroom?
Beloit College Mindset List – This list “provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students” who began have graduated from high school this year and if they go on to college may graduate in the year 2012. Interesting food for thought.
School's Out - Personal Learning Environments - YouTube - Looks at the reasons to move from the industrial schooling system to Personal Learning Environments. The graphics for this presentation are created in ComicLife which is available for both Mac/Win. You can download this for a 30 day free trial if you want. A few samples of how some elementary classrooms have used this are posted on Marnie's Regina Public School's site

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