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Understanding the Net Generation’s Academic Interests

April 16, 2007

The new tools that attract students to blogs and social networking software—including the resources that make possible site design, intertextuality, the combination of video and audio elements with text, the ability to comment and respond—can be used for the age-old project of developing the thinking, reading, and writing skills of students.

from MyLiteracies:
Understanding the Net Generation through LiveJournals and Literacy Practices by Dana J. Wilber

We have a radically new communication tool that uses text, images, sound, and moving images with sound, and can be made fully public, public in a limited way, or kept private. Many, probably most students, are rapidly teaching themselves elements of this new communication tool, and the academic world needs to – not just allow but – encourage the use of the web as a formal learning tool. Wilber’s article explains what is happening with the Digital Generations’ communication habits and patterns, and why faculty should be aware of and using these tools to help students learn.

I strongly recommend this short article.

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