We'll have two Brain Gain sessions in early May. At the first one we'll take a peek at today's tech-savvy students -- the same "neomillenial" students who will fill our higher education classrooms in the coming years. There are several technology-related challenges facing the higher education environment as these students enter it, including:
- MySpace, social-networking, and identity management for children of the Internet era
- Plagiarism -- what constitutes originality for kids in a cut-and-paste culture?
- The digital divide and its effect on this and future generations of students
Our guest will be Kevin Driscoll, a computer science teacher at the Prospect Hill Academy Charter School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Himself a young teacher, Kevin's classroom offers both a glimpse at the students and teaching methods being changed by technology. He employs technology in both his middle-school and high-school classrooms, with an advanced class that teaches the tenets of computer hacking (which includes command of proper English).
Our last session with Luis Villa reviewed some of the work that the Berkman Center studies regarding challenges of intellectual property in the context of the online, digital mash-up culture -- Kevin embodies this culture in his experiments with online social identities.
- Neomillenial learning styles (article by Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Chris Dede)
- Compilation of recent news articles concerning MySpace (compiled by Harvard Graduate School of Education doctoral student Jody Clarke)
- Reconceptualizing the Digital Divide (online journal First Monday)
- Wikipedia on Online Identity