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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: The 21st Century Fluency Series
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin (February 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412938449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412938440
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A highly relevant book that gives specific reasons for educators to shift to meet the needs of digital natives. This book is loaded with vignettes and cases to demonstrate how the kids of today think and learn, with strategies to help educators engage today’s tech-savvy students." (Beth Madison, Principal 2009-12-28)

“Jukes, McCain, and Crockett provide an excellent argument of why schools are not effectively preparing our students for the 21st-century global workforce. This shift of the paradigm where students move from consumers of knowledge to creators of their knowledge is paramount to students’ future successes.” (Matt McClure, Superintendent 2010-01-05)

“In their new book, Jukes, McCain, and Crockett have broken new ground. While focusing on 21st-century skills, this group of authors has laid important groundwork for lifting our thinking into the 21st century. As they so aptly point out, we cannot correctly identify the skills for the 21st century with thinking still grounded in the 20th century. Jukes, McCain, and Crockett challenge our thinking first and then lead us to what is important for our students to be able to do in this new century. They are right on target for truly understanding the future of educating children.” (Donna Walker Tileston, Author and International Presenter 2010-01-05)

“Jukes, McCain, and Crockett have laid out an excellent road map for learning in the 21st century. Readers will have clearer understanding of this digital generation and why our classrooms continue to teach analog students in a digital world.” (James Cisek, CEO/President 2010-01-05)

“This book dramatically documents the need for educators to recognize that 21st-century learners do not learn like their predecessors. The included research and suggested strategies for change provide hope for the future. As a former Ohio school superintendent and staff development director, I believe this is a must-read for those truly interested in educational reform.” (Steve Franko, Educational Consultant 2010-01-05)

"Understanding the Digital Generation is grounded in the recognition that today's students are very different from those in the past, and it outlines new approaches to schooling with technology that should be heard and acted upon now." (Frank Kelly, Senior Partner, SHW Group 2010-01-05)

“This book explores critical questions that intrigue today’s educational leaders: How do I balance the best of the past with the opportunities and realities of the present? How do I balance all that I know with all that we are becoming? And how does all this create the best possible learning environment for our students? A great guide to the future!” (Nikos Theodosakis, Author, The Director in the Classroom 2010-01-05)

“The students populating today’s schools are fundamentally different from those of previous generations. If we are serious about educating them for life in the 21st century, we must acknowledge this difference and rebalance our approach. In Understanding the Digital Generation, Jukes, McCain, and Crockett fully deliver on their goal of providing a greater understanding of the digital generation and sparking ‘...deep thinking about how instruction should change to teach them effectively.’” (Brian Celli, Superintendent/CEO 2010-01-05)

“Jukes, McCain, and Crockett offer up a highly readable, terribly important summary of the attributes of today's technologically enhanced children and explore the urgent implications for today’s schools. Get this book and read it. And then pass it along to your administrators!” (Doug Johnson, Director of Media and Technology 2010-01-05)

“A book that captures what real learning is all about. Thank you Ian, Ted, and Lee for sharing your knowledge and casting new insight on digital kids. A must-read for every teacher, teaching in this modern, high-tech, digital online world. This book equips teachers to meet these challenges and is the first of its kind to make a significant shift in focus from how teachers teach to how students learn.” (Nicky Mohan, Developer 2010-01-05)

"The authors make a compelling case for the need to transform 20th-century classrooms into 21st-century learning environments to engage digital learners and prepare them to successfully collaborate, create, and compete in the mulitnational workplaces and communities of the new knowledge economy." (Janis Jensen, Director, Office of Academic Standards 2010-01-05)

"While many assume that 21st-century education merely demands access to hardware and the Internet, our greatest limit is one of pedagogical vision. Jukes, McCain, and Crockett consistently push us to re-imagine the entire premise of learning and collaboration in the future. Best of all, they know how to guide us through a strategic process that ensures our students will remain intellectually agile in a future that extends far beyond the traditional schoolhouse." (Christian Long, Educator and School Planner 2010-01-06)

"For academic advisors this book is a good resource to provide an understanding and appreciation for the digital generation of students. I recommend this book for academic advisors seeking to better improve their understanding and interactions with students of the digital generation." (Douglas A. Smith, Academic Advisor, College of Education NACADA Journal 2012-05-22)

About the Author

Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor, and keynote speaker. He is the director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in the areas of assessment and evaluation, strategic alignment, curriculum design and publication, professional development, planning, change management, hardware and software acquisition, information services, customized research, media services, and online training as well as conference keynotes and workshop presentations. Over the past 10 years, Jukes has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 7,000 presentations, typically speaking to between 300,000 and 350,000 people a year. His Committed Sardine Blog is read by more than 78,000 people in 75 countries.

Ted McCain is coordinator of instructional technology for Maple Ridge Secondary School in Vancouver, BC. He also has taught computer networking, graphic design, and desktop publishing for Okanagan College, Kelowna, BC. He is the author of six books on the future, effective teaching, educational technology, and graphic design. In 1997, McCain received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work in developing a real-world technology curriculum that prepares students for employment in technology directly out of high school. For the past twenty years, McCain has done consulting work for businesses and school districts on effective teaching for the digital generation and the implementation of instructional technology. His clients have included Apple Computer, Microsoft, Aldus, and Toyota, as well as many school districts and educational associations in both the United States and Canada. He is passionate in his belief that schools must change so that they can effectively prepare students for the rest of their lives.

Lee Crockett is a national award-winning designer, marketing consultant, entrepreneur, artist, author, and international keynote speaker. He is the director of media for the InfoSavvy Group and the managing partner of the 21st Century Fluency Project. Lee is a "just in time learner" who is constantly adapting to the new programs, languages, and technologies associated with today’s communications and marketing media. Understanding the need for balance in our increasingly digital lives, Lee has lived in Kyoto, Japan, where he studied Aikido and the tea ceremony, as well as Florence, Italy, where he studied painting at the Accademia D'Arte.

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Phillip A. Towndrow on September 28, 2010
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In my estimation and experience, the use of digital tools and new media in education disrupts the status quo precisely at the point where the disturbance caused outstrips practitioners' understanding, patience and expected levels of control. The contemporary teacher's lament, "I want my students to listen to me but their use of digital technology takes that away" indicates--if nothing else--a pedagogical bleakness requiring urgent remediation. But why? And what can be done by teachers acting individually or in unison?

In "Understanding the digital generation: Teaching and learning in the new digital landscape" (Corwin, 2010) authors Jukes, McCain and Crockett attempt to make the conceptual case for changing current instructional practices in schools given the unprecedented and unrelenting developments surrounding the so-called "digital generation". The argument put forward is in two parts and, in my opinion, relies on the reader's acceptance of a series of popular and rarely questioned sentiments and notions about schooling, worklife and digital technology use.

Part I rehearses a familiar, multifaceted set of concerns that is easily summarised. There is a growing gap between the life experience of kids today and, their parents and teachers. Today's children take access to digital tools and media for granted; they expect, want, and need interactive information. Further, the digital world is changing the way these kids see and think--they have developed "hypertext" and "hyperlinked" minds that are easily and incredibly bored by most of today's education. The upshot? As today's learners sit impatiently unengaged or under engaged in teacher-centric, analogue classrooms, education is suffering a crisis of relevance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Texas Teacher on April 21, 2013
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I'd recommend this for any educator who is baffled why the most recent batch of students seems to not be learning the way they used to. This book does NOT say that children have no need to read or learn science or learn history. It says the opposite. All of tho subjects are still in great need, but how we present that information to the students is critical.

The reason for 4 stars is for two reasons 1. Using terms from a previous book without explaining them 2. Taking too long in the first few chapters to get to the point.

Throughout the Book they use the term "hyperlinked information" without giving a good explanation or example of what they meant by it. I can only assume it's from the previous book in the series "Living on the Future Edge." Similarly I think that many practical techniques are left for the following books "The Digital Diet" and "Teaching for Tomorrow."

Second, much of the introduction seemed tone repetitive and I just wanted to scream "stop saying teachers like me don't know the benefit of digital learning and just tell me the benefit!"

And some final food for thought: They say video games build problem solving and perseverance, but what about cheat codes? Many of my students would either give up or look for some way to cheat their way around a difficult problem. They also don't mention economically disadvantaged students. Is there research on whether or not they are also picking up these modes of thinking even though they havenot been exposed to the same kind of technology?

Overall a good book with a fresh perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JacVital on April 17, 2012
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The book shares great points of view worthy of discussing, but repeats its point over and over. The kindle version has minor erros, but they don't compromise the comprehension.
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By Jack on November 6, 2011
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Firstly, I cannot believe this is not available in Digital format.. I would have bought it today after reading the first three chapters...

See Ian's website ([...])

Great enlightenment period. I am pioneering in education as a teacher of Earth Science and a career changer into this foray... I have been trained partly as an educator to impliment and access Second Life ([...]) as a teaching and learning tool. As I am making progress (being a lone voice in the digital woods) for some 4 years now, in and among my school district here in NYS, I have finally been "discovered" and might have the chance to begin to present VR Ed. integration (As hybrid) to education in a real and meaningful/authentic way through regionalized Information Center symposiums and podcasts. The Digital Learner IS VASTLY DIFFERENT. This book and the "Commit" project (above website) is a MUST for Immigrant/Emmigrant teaching PIONEERS. We "adults" are from "The Old World", today's learners are VASTLY different physiologically in terms of brain structure... This is scientifically varifiable. NOT meeting this reality head on in the classroom (From Emmigrating adult teachers) will only exascerbate the very real Digital Divide... The Divide (as the book states) is a GULF.

My "work" and devotion and life's interest at this point is to become a "Waykeeper" an "Immigration Officer" To help the adult educator trasition from Immigrant to emmigrant... to help meet the fear's of the adult educator in entering this "new country" of the digital world that will never return to the Old World, so long as there is electricity.

This book is mandatory reading, no.. it's Essential reading if you actually care about making the shift... Shift Happens! It's happening all around us.
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