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ERIC Number: EJ903513
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
The Always-Connected Generation
Bull, Glen
Learning & Leading with Technology, v38 n3 p28-29 Nov 2010
The Pew Internet and American Life project characterizes the millennials--the first generation to come of age in the new millennium--as the first "always-connected" generation. Significant aspects of culture are changing as a result. A changing world where all students are connected all the time has substantial educational implications. Despite advance knowledge of societal trends, schools have generally not anticipated or capitalized on this educational potential. Pew reports that most schools treat portable devices as a disruptive force that educators must manage and exclude from the school and the classroom. In this area, schools are immovable objects in a societal stream flowing around them. The beginning of this decade may offer another opportunity to consider societal trends, with the goal of examining educational policies that could capitalize on them. The author stresses that teacher preparation programs and teacher educator professional associations have a responsibility to develop policies and standards for effective preparation of teachers in this area and to develop a knowledge base to establish best practices and inform policy and practice through effective research. This will require careful thought about the ways technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge (TPACK) intersect. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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