Supporting Digital Natives to Learn Effectively with Technology Tools

Supporting Digital Natives to Learn Effectively with Technology Tools

Jared Keengwe (Department of Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota, Grandforks, ND, USA) and David Georgina (College of Education, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/jicte.2013010105
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Majority of learners in our classrooms are digital natives or Millennials – a category of learners who tend toward independence and autonomy in their learning styles. The primary challenges then facing instructors include: How do digital natives learn and how do you teach them? The answers to these questions will help instructors to: (a) identify and develop learning instructional offerings that are appropriate to their cognitive learning patterns, and (b) find strategies that focus on millennials’ interest and use of technology. This article highlights the need to integrate active student-centered strategies into classroom instruction to support digital natives to learn effectively with technology.
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Understanding And Supporting Digital Natives

As much as evidence shows that there is a majority who fall into the categorization, or generalizations, of being considered part of the millennial generation or called digital natives, there are also some concerns for many within this population who may be falling through the cracks of this entire generation. According to Bennett, Maton, and Kervin (2008):

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