- a. summary- what does the article say?
The writers of “Teaching and Learning with the Net Generation” showed the features of the Net generation’s learning styles which influence their behaviors. The author mentioned how educators can appropriately use these various changes in effective learning environment to meet Net generations’ expectation and needs. Multitasking is necessary habit of the Net Generation lifestyle, thus, they have a short attention span. Universities started to encourage teachers to combine the traditional lecture shape with meaningful strategies that prompt active interaction with students by utilizing some networks blogs and websites to appeal to the Net generation toward learning. Also, technological tools should be as means to engage students and motivate them toward learning. Teachers have accountability to utilize judicious strategies and activities in blended learning to foster students’ literacy and critical thinking.
b. analysis- describe the ideas that you found relevant- what does it mean?
There are several ideas that I found stuck in my mind, the first is that the Net generation who have been raised in the digital technologies saturation have their own learning style of independence and autonomy. Therefore, these Net generations students need teachers to change the traditional classroom with using technology rather than standing and talking without any sense of utilizing existing technology. Students ask for more self- directed learning chances, more open opportunities for doing their projects and assignments, a positive interactive environment, and positive feedback. Even though students are frequent technology users, some of them lack literacy skills and others lack social interaction with people. Also, these digital natives mostly prefer to use technological tools during class instead of using conventional teaching methods. Today’s net generations are multitasking where they can do their homework while playing games, thus, they need to have efficient activities to keep students engaged.
Moreover, I found that teachers can do certain things to blend traditional teaching methods with incorporating technology in the classroom. First, teachers must realize that technology is not a bad tool but powerful if teachers use it effectively and in the right way in classroom. The majority of teachers in universities apply integrating technology in the classroom in such improvement of pedagogy, where they maintain traditional classes. Web Quest and Wiki are examples of networking websites in which teachers can use since they are the Net generation’s favorite to engage their students and have discussion, quizzes, other effective activities that require students to analyze and think critically. Effective relationship between teachers and students is a driving force in teaching and learning .
c. critique- what do you think about the ideas you have described?
In general, I would say that Net generations are the forefront of digital technology. Those students are bored of some conventional teaching methods and dislikes to be away of using their devices during their class time. Importantly, that teachers responsibility to find other ways to exploit the existence of evolving technology. Teachers should have a sense of pedagogical goals that maintain creative efforts that let students engage in their classroom and well-learned. They have to value the education through authentic practices and doing because there is nothing going to be improved and learned effectively without doing and implementing. Net generation have their methods of communicating, talking, answering, analyzing, thinking and learning that influence their behaviors and performance. In the conventional methods teaching style, teacher is the only speaker and representative in classroom while the only job for students is to listen and take notes. Nowadays, the environments of classrooms and teaching techniques have dramatically changed. Students are the ones who speak and interact. “Teaching with technology can deepen student learning by supporting instructional objectives”( Teaching with Technology). Teachers can use scaffold activities where students can consult their teachers from given goals. Sometimes students are more superior and creative in using technology than their teachers. Teachers should be prepared and trained to use technology appropriately to fill this gap. Not knowing how to deal with technology may make a teacher loose his\herself confident in a classroom.
No doubt that Net generation may know how to use technology more than their teachers. Therefore, teachers should use the strategies that students need from their teacher such as give them more opportunities to produce their assignment, create positive environment full of engagement, positive feedback and interaction. Native digital users may lack their literacy skills so teachers are the ones who should pay attention to this by reshape their planning and practices. Learning through social action and interaction is a key of understanding students’ ideas, suggestions, and opinions. Digital technology is a tool that can facilitate learning and teaching. Embedding technology in classroom creates engagement and enthusiasm for students to provoke their curiosity to know more. From my experience as a former teacher, having various teaching methods motivates students to think, solve, analyze, and suggest and assimilate their initiatives to the classroom interaction.