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Dan Tapscott and Educating the Digital Students

October 24, 2008

I attended some very enjoyable PD sessions today in the beautifully old University College building at the University of Toronto. I was drawn to these sessions because Dan Tapscott was the featured speaker, and I had read, learned from, and admired Wikinomics

Don Tapscott, speaking about Grown Up Digital, at University College, U of T

Don Tapscott, speaking about Grown Up Digital, at University College, U of T

Today he spoke on the digital generation, based on research that he includes in his new book, Grown Up Digital, that’s Grown Up Digital, not his earlier book, Growing Up Digital. I loved what he had to say about the pedagogical implications of teaching students who have grown up in the digital age, and he articulated what I have been observing when I teach. Our students increasingly need, require, respond to, a different approach than the traditional lecture and regurgitate.

I’m not going to cover what he said – he was very amusing and entertaining – I’m just going to suggest you read his book. If you’re a teacher, you really, really, REALLY need to read it and take what he says seriously. It’s very hopeful about the future, and it’s a chellenge for our current teaching practice.

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