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Understanding the Digital Generation: Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 12, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Because of digital bombardment and the emergence of the new digital landscape, "digital natives" process information, interact, and communicate in fundamentally different ways than any previous generations. In this course, Ina Jukes introduces neuroscientific and psychological research that explains how the use of technology, including frequent interruptions and shifts in attention, impacts the functions of the brain. These experiences are re-wiring and re-shaping students’ cognitive processes. Consequently, in order to adapt, a fundamental shift in teaching is required to prepare teachers and students for the Information Age. Educators will learn to identify and challenge unconscious and outdated assumptions about schools and learning. They will analyze and revise their beliefs about what constitutes knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving as they adapt their instructional practices and assessment strategies to the requirements of the digitized 21st century. Educators will focus on the eight core learning attributes of their digital learners and the eight core teaching and assessment strategies that appeal to millennial learners. They will learn to develop research-based constructivist models that will enable students to think, explore, and develop their own learning—to succeed not only in high-stakes testing but also in the real world. Finally, educators will learn that informational, technological, and media fluency can and should be taught in a structured manner, embedded at every grade level, in every subject area, the responsibility of every teacher throughout the entire school experience.


After completing this course, educators will know:
• The effects of exponential technological change on students and educational institutions.
• Revised meaning of such terms as knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving in the 21st century.
• The eight core learning attributes of digital learners.
• How to modify curriculum and instruction to teach to millennial learners.
• The form and functions of digital age learners’ “cultural brains”.
• Research-based constructivist models for instruction.
• Working definitions of informational, technological, and media fluency.


• Transcripts, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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