The Net Generation

A German paper titled “Is there a Net Generation?” caused a major dicussion in the German edublogosphere. It was mainly centered around the missing scientific soundness of statements like: The different generation needs different teaching methods.

For me, a more interesting question would be whether their new competencies allow for different teaching and learning methods. For example, could the students handle their electronic tools so fluently that they can utilize them as think tools rather than as mere typewriting devices and citation aids. Schulmeister found out:

“9. Apparently the competencies gained by handling the computer are not yet – or at least not to the expected degree – being transferred to learning. Using the computer for homework as well as for study at university is viewed matter-of-factly as a means to an end.”

My interpretation is that the matter-of-fact means is the computer as typewriter and citation aid. And this is what most study guides and literacy lessons still teach them, as I complained here and more recently here and here.

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