Welcome to the Digital Generation

Uploaded by edutopia on 09.06.2009

["Fanfare for the Common Man" playing].
>>Teacher: -- the most important things we learn about the galaxy,
the great power of the universe.
And please look around you--
>>Narrator: This is the digital generation.
>>Girl: I text more than I call people.
Like no one calls anyone anymore.
>>Girl: My iPod is like my entire life.
>>Narrator: A generation of kids raised in a media rich,
networked world of infinite possibilities.
>>Boy: A lot of my movies are special effects,
things that you really couldn't do in real life.
>>Narrator: They are learning, communicating and socializing
in new and exciting ways.
>>Boy: I'm showing video to the other people that are in the meeting
to get them to help review.
>>Narrator: For them, technology is more than a tool.
It's an essential component of everyday life
that frames their world view.
>>Girl: These are all different people in need in Haiti,
and click on one of these families.
Learn more.
>>Narrator: But there's more to their world
than just playing with cool gadgets.
It's about engagement.
>>Girl: Okay, guys, join.
>>Narrator: Self directed learning.
>>Boy: It's not just animation.
You need to know a lot of different things
like biology, to see how things move.
>>Narrator: Creativity.
>>Girl: This is my avatar as she typically will look.
>>Narrator: And empowerment.
>>Girl: Do you think there can be people that will try
and hurt you on a website?
>>I'm teaching young, elementary kids how to stay safe online.
>>Narrator: They're hyper connected to their friends and family,
mastering new tools and techniques with ease.
>>Girl: I like this 'cause it's competitive
and it's really using strategy in your mind.
>>Henry: For those kids who become leaders of guilds in World
of Warcraft, that's as much an experience as being the captain
of the football team, being the editor of the school newspaper.
>>Narrator: Behind every successful kid are adults and peers who guide,
motivate and support them.
>>Akili : Kids on their own are jumping
across from all these different mediums, so we really need
to kinda explore all of them as well, and try to support kids
to become better producers and consumers.
>>Did you put sound in it?
>>Boy: It's annoying.
I don't like it anymore.
>>Kevin: Very rarely, the kids look at instruction manuals these days.
They are empowered to just go out and learn, and if I'm a parent
and I'm wondering, "Wow, how do I provide the technology resources
for my children?"
just get outta their way.
>>Liz Perle: Hey, this digital life, it's a good thing.
It's gonna help your kids create, meet people, explore,
compose, express themselves.
They have more powerful tools than they've ever had
in any generation in history.
>>Narrator: This is the digital generation.
Welcome to their world.