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  • Massimo de Majo

    Nice, Nick. I do agree with you in many ways. The fact that I’m not a Tweeter wizard or don’t immediately think about searching somebody’s address on Google doesn’t mean that my students are necessarily better than me.
    I can see that using FaceBook groups as an aggregating place for my courses is good because THEY are more used to it than to moodle. Actually, very often they are only quicker in typing on smartphones than I am…
    Our birthday has not so much to do with our capabilities!

  • Eportfolio Keith

    I read Prensky for my MSc.

    Fuzzy generalisations. Rambling and unsupported premises on which shaky and bizarre prescriptions are based. Weird, and plainly wrong scientific assertions (the brain structure of today’s youth is different to today’s non youth) and demonstrably false assertions about age based divides. Arbitrary categories (future and legacy learning, everyone below a certain age prefers images to text, no one above a certain age except Prensky seems to understand that graphics might be useful in a classroom…)

    I had to comment on it during an interview – indirectly. I suspect it was on the list to test for student gullibility.
    Talked about my 67 year old father in law who no longer answers his house phone. Or smartphone. Which he has synced to his car stereo. No. He answers to emails sent to his account that he accesses via his ipad, synced to his tv so he can check plot, writer and cultural references, and cross post on popular cultural and film forums while watching. And my nephew who couldn’t send email.

    Takes about 30 seconds, a pair of eyes that are open, and a smidgen of curiousity to dismiss Prensky.
    Thanks for posting about him.

  • Emilia Cortina

    Nice to see you share my dislike for Prensky. I guess you’re right, educational technologies are an attractive feel for pseudo techno gurus to write and sell books and give conferences without a real pedagogical or sociological base, affirming they’ve just discovered the philosopher’s stone that will make children magically learn more and better. It seems that, when it comes to communications, everyone is entitled to and capable of theorising…

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