Description of the Problem

Problem (Condensed Version): Since students often use technology in their everyday life, it has been taken for granted that these digital natives know how technology can be used in educational settings.  Not only is this an unfair assumption, when teachers observe students making poor choices in the classroom, they are inclined to reduce the student use of netbooks as a response.

Possible solution: Implement student tech teams in schools with 6-8th grades in order to develop technology leaders who can model appropriate use of technology and how it can be used to enhance learning.

I explore the problem more in depth in the Final Report.

2 thoughts on “Description of the Problem

  1. Hi Michelle

    This sounds like an excellent Action Research project. I have two sons (9 and 12). Like many of his friends, my 12-year-old is very skilled in the use of technology. He’s my (underpaid) research assistant. It helps to have young people to work with (and, sometimes, to follow) when trying to understand their experiences from their perspective.

    This reminds me of a paper I recently came across:

    Title: “Why Parents Help Their Children Lie to Facebook About Age: Unintended Consequences of the ‘Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act'”
    Authors: danah boyd (Microsoft Research/NYU), Eszter Hargittai (Northwestern), Jason Schultz (UC-Berkeley), and John Palfrey (Harvard)
    Full article: http://bit.ly/ParentSurveyCOPPA

    danah’s blog post: http://bit.ly/tgKZrE
    Huffington Post op-ed: http://huff.to/rVocz5
    CNet Coverage: http://cnet.co/tnNPw1

    All the best with your research!

    Mark McGuire
    http://markmcguire.net/
    Twitter: mark_mcguire

    • Hello Mark,
      Thanks for taking the time to explore my beginning stages of this action research and for sharing the paper. There are so many complexities to digital citizenship and I agree with Danah Boyd, we must have conversations about what it means to be a ___ (parent, educator, learner) in this digital age.

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