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Blog: From School and District Leaders

Is the Digital Native a Myth?

by Michael Simkins


Infographic: Digital Native does not mean tech savvy

The younger generation uses technology in the same ways as older people—and is no better at multitasking.


That's the assertion of a recent opinion piece in Nature. It caught my eye, partly no doubt, because I tend to agree, at least to a point. The article was prompted by the release of a paper by European academics Paul A.Kirschner and Pedro De Bruyckere, "The myths of the digital native and the multitasker." Highlights from the paper include:

  • Information-savvy digital natives do not exist.
  • Learners cannot multitask; they task switch which negatively impacts learning.
  • Educational design assuming these myths hinders rather than helps learning.
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Protecting Your Digital Data Privacy

by Susan Brooks-Young


Privacy

Recently, I went to a local jeweler to get a ring repaired. The sales associate used her tablet device to complete a work order for me. When she requested my address and phone number, I didn’t give it a second thought. Then she asked for my birth date. When I questioned why she needed to know, she shrugged and mumbled something about sending me a birthday card. I decided not to provide that information. Next she asked for my wedding anniversary date, glanced up at me and said, "Oh, I guess you won’t want to tell me that either." I smiled and shook my head. Not a huge deal, but it did get me thinking about all the times we give people personal information without asking why it’s needed or how it might end up being used. [read more]


Recognizing Lies: Redefining Digital Literacy

by Susan Brooks-Young


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What is your take on these recent news stories?

A Chicago janitor made himself a millionaire 20 times over by taking out life insurance policies on teenagers and then murdering them to collect on the policies. (April 2017)

Mark Zuckerberg said that he is “disgusted with social media” and he plans to leave Facebook in the near future. (March 2017)

NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ has been cancelled thanks to low ratings. (March 2017)

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Headshot Janice DelagrammatikasTICAL Cadre Member Wins Award
TICAL cadre member Janice Delagrammatikas has received the 2017 Milo P. Johnson award for distinction at the Riverside County Office of Education.


Network connectionArkansas expands high-speed web access to all students
After two years of effort, every Arkansas school will provide students with secure, high-speed broadband Internet access beginning this year under a statewide initiative that began in 2015.


Infographic: U.S. miilennials ranked dead lastThe High Cost of Low Technology Skills
Although American millennials are the first generation of “digital natives”—that is, people who grew up with computers and the internet— they are not very tech savvy. Report from Change the Equation.


iCanHelpline slideSocial Media Helpline
Watch this brief recored webinar to learn about iCanHelpline, the social media hotline for schools currently offered for free in California.


Bowl of soup with letters spelling High School SoupPutting California’s School Districts on the Path Toward Meaningful Digital Learning
In this guest post for the Alliance for Excellent Education's High School Soup blog, cadre members Devin Vodicka and Gabe Soumakian share why they signed the Future Ready Schools pledge.


Cover image for Blackboard playbookWhat can administrators, course designers and faculty do to retain online learners?
The drop out rate in online courses is high. Check out this playbook that provides 5 best practices for ensuring that your online students "cross the finish line."


GooruCCSS-Aligned Resources and Content Delivery!
Check out this free resource and instructional tool to assist teachers in utilizing Open Education Resources and delivering relevant content!


Learning Management SystemNeed a process in selecting a Learning Management System (LMS)?
Use this evaluation template form and/or spreadsheet developed by Oxnard Union High School District to have your curriculum team examine pros and cons of different systems.


Social Media HandbookA Social Media Handbook -- Geared for Administrators
Take a look at TICAL's short 11-page document providing an overview and effective ways to use social media in your leadership position.