Tapping Global Communication: Increasing Student Motivation and Supporting Learning Styles - Dr. Christopher Dede, Chair, Teaching and Learning, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
Our students are immersed in a powerful world of free global communications: Instant Messenger, Skype, iChat, and texting are all the norm. What is fluid and natural for our “neomillennial” students can be awkward and even against the rules of what has been traditionally considered “formal learning.” Student motivation, social patterns and learning styles are strongly shaped by these emerging communication technologies. “Neomillennials” seek distributed-learning situations that interweave face-to-face interactions with communication and shared experiences across distance and time. Examples of distributed-learning communities based on immersive game-like educational simulations will be highlighted.