“No, dad, you have to push start”, 40 % of parents learn how to use technology from their children

No, this new study isn’t a proof for the concept of digital natives. We have known for quite a long time that kids are better in the ‘button’ side of technology (not necessarily  so in strategic or content-related competences). Still, the chances are if you are a parent, your child is teaching you and maybe you… Read More “No, dad, you have to push start”, 40 % of parents learn how to use technology from their children

Gardner on the App-generation, or is it an example of the ‘worry-generation’? (video)

This is a recent talk by Howard Gardner on his new book he co-wrote with Katie Davis. They use the app as metaphor for present youth and life as a ‘super-app’. The old digital native-digital immigrant myth pops up early in the lecture, but let us suppose this is because it’s a popular way of describing… Read More Gardner on the App-generation, or is it an example of the ‘worry-generation’? (video)

3 urban myths in education on the question if learners really do know best?

In this new article by Kirschner & van Merriënboer two urban myths come along that we have been mentioning already for quite a while, learning styles and the digital native myth. The third one both authors add is one who is also quite popular lately, well, for the past decades actually. Recently it popped up in the new book… Read More 3 urban myths in education on the question if learners really do know best?

New research shows (again) students are no different now

Just another element to debunk the digital native needs different education myth! From the conclusion: Some authors (Oblinger & Oblinger, 2005; Prensky, 2009; Ferreiro, 2006) highlight the need of a new educational paradigm to train Net generation students: “they need new learning environments due to their multidirectional communication processes; a reformulation of the curricula is… Read More New research shows (again) students are no different now

3 profiles of students using technology in education: instrumental users, separators & integrators

Mark Bullen published on his website a new paper on his website. In the second phase of the Digital Learners in Higher Education project they uncovered some important insights into how learners in higher education are thinking about and using digital technologies for social and academic purposes and how they separate and integrate their uses. The paper is… Read More 3 profiles of students using technology in education: instrumental users, separators & integrators

Do universities have a troubled future? Maybe so, but do think twice

Don Tapscott writes an interesting piece about the troubled future of universities in the Huftington Post. I do agree there are difficult times coming, but not always for the same reasons the professor notes. Are MOOC’s the new gulf of democratisation of education?  They could be, but it is not sure if they will be.… Read More Do universities have a troubled future? Maybe so, but do think twice

My review of ‘Brain Gain’, the new book by Marc Prenzky + his response!

I was asked by Louis Hilgers to write a review on this new book. It was first published on ictnieuws.nl together with a response of Marc Prenzky to my comments, do check it beneath the Dutch version of this review. The response is in English. Some people may think it is strange for me to… Read More My review of ‘Brain Gain’, the new book by Marc Prenzky + his response!

Sometimes I just want to start throwing things: myths in education

I love people discussing education. It means they are concerned, it means they care about how children and youngsters are being thaught. Sad thing is that quite often you still hear things that are in fact popular myths that have been debunked by science for years. Even more sad is that while I can understand… Read More Sometimes I just want to start throwing things: myths in education