Shift happened what's the hook?

I’ve been catching up on my RSS reader over the past couple of day. I’ve decided I need to prune the aggregator again and really focus in on some good solid learning that I need to do. George Siemens’ connectivism blog is one that always makes my brain hurt. I’ve just tried reading four articles in a row and now I’m looking for the advil. George has a writing style that is so clear, so true that, for me at least, pulls me in and really makes me think about my own learning, my own beliefs and question what it is I’m trying to accomplish. If you don’t use an RSS reader he allows you to sign up for a bi-weekly newsletter that is well work an extra e-mail in your inbox. Out of the four posting I just got done reading, the posting on Digital natives and immigrants has me thinking about where we are in society. Siemens believes that the Prensky analogy of Digital Native, Digital Immigrants has outlived the role it initially played in getting educators to think about the different types of learners now entering our classrooms. I agree with this statement the more I think about it, but I’m still left searching for a better analogy of the shift that has occurred. Siemens goes on to explain that the shift has been in society and not in the generation itself. Something that easily hits home with me working at a school in China that has gone from 850 international students to almost 3,000 in the same time the Internet as we know it today has existed. Coincidence? I think not. As I gave a presentation to parents today explaining to them their children and how they learn, communicate, collaborate, and live digitally, I found myself still using Prensky’s analogy. Those of us in the business need to understand that it is society that is changing and why we need to change our educational systems. But for mothers and fathers understanding that the tools their children use are different, allow them to communicate and live in different ways continues to be an emotional attachment that the digital natives, digital immigrants argument still fits nicely into. In 2001 when Prensky wrote the paper I do not think many of us understood the changes to society that were and would take place over the next six years....

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