- Do you believe that we have to design, develop and deliver instruction differently for the so-called Digital Natives?
- Are there differences in learning expectations and styles or can we just design good instruction and know that it meets all generational needs?
- If you have an audience that includes natives and immigrants, how can you effectively design instruction without breaking the bank?
It’s probably best to design learning experiences from a Constructivist approach. Digital natives will become easily bored with traditional essays and quizzes. Why not have them create content in different media. I also believe that engaging more digitally savvy individuals with the less savvy digital immigrants is a good thing. Everyone should be coached to help each other learn and to ‘slow down’ or explain things when someone does not understand. This might help alleviate the feelings of frustration from the digital immigrants.
Some suggestions for learning experiences/projects:
(note this list will probably grow… this is just what I have off the top of my head)
I love wikis because they teach people how to play nicely with each other when creating content in a virtual space.
- Team built wiki (each group or individual is responsible for a different content area).
- Media share – every week someone must share a media piece or link to content/info/resources for the class subject in a common wiki area. They provide information on why they chose the item and the classmates post comments on the items in the class discussion for this page.
- Wiki story – students work together to write a story/narrative in the wiki
- Virtual Art Gallery – students showcase their artwork (art, painting, video, music, etc.). Other students can provide feedback
- Research Data – students can link to spreadsheets and text on data they’ve collected for experiments
- Develop an interpretation or a satirical take on a book or television show
- Produce a documentary or interview session on the topic of interest
- Video sharing – have students create video responses to a topic and to each other’s views on a topic
- Write a regular radio show or drama that discuss or treats the content or subject. I love this idea!
- Virtual audio responses – students can provide brief audio feedback on assignments and posts rather than written ones. This makes interaction with each other more personal in an asynchronous way.
- Develop a playground representative of a period
- Develop an interactive story area where students can interact and act out a story. They can even create their own interpretation of events in a story and take snapshots in order to retell it
- Develop a museum dedicated to a subject