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Generation Z: The Biggest Cheaters Since Homer

Posted in Uncategorized by Lia Sant on April 13, 2012
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Via Scoop.itSchooL-i-Tecs 101

The Information Age and digital era in general have reshaped our lives, the way we do things, the way we think. Even the notion of cheating and what it means to cheat has changed. In education, academic idealism has collided with GenZ realism. Beliefs in student integrity and cheating are at odds with the abundance of information and the speed of content delivery.



How come Greece always at the forefront of educational drawback???

It has been a riddle the way both the Education Department and the academic community have been handling realities back home.

Since my early childhood and as far as I can remember, there was always a lot of fuss, especially just before and right after national election campaigns, about educational most promising never delivered reform projects.  Parades, inaugurations, press releases following research and small scale pilot projects…

A paradox still remains why, while the rest of the world was galloping to the Education 2.0 gateways, home sweet home arrogantly considered that a few minor curriculum adjustments, some patching up here and there, would remedy the situation.

When most of the  western world was born digital, Greek students were  just newbies to the powerful web world.

And the question still remaining as to why the responsible irresponsible didn’t take all the necessary steps to upgrade methods and material, ICT is still for quite many “terra incognita”.  From all the Higher Education institutions available, ICT supported Instructional Design, Information Literacy or Faculty Development courses are very hard to find and even more difficult to attend.

As to open and distant learning, e-learning or online learning,  zilch apart from the one and only Greek Open University (E.A.P.), with a selection procedure not based on merit, competences, recommendations or publications but, surprisingly, drawing lots, and which according to a recent research doesn’t necessarily respond to the latest technological trends and is often been reproached with a rather unsuccessful, unproductive, uninspired, outdated classroom practice transfer to the distant learning environment.

I’m wondering if anyone else really wishes for things to change besides parents who doubt as to whether their offspring could ever successfully cope with Society 2.0 expectations.  Decision makers tend to bring the problem down to budgeting, infrastructures, personnel reluctancy to change and so on.  The truth lies somewhere between Generation X  reform reluctant teachers, politicians that wanted their office remembered for showcase projects in most cases withdrawn overnight, students feeling like guinea-pigs, the Greek education melting pot evaporating talents, aspirations, hopes  and here we are today trapped in a downsizing economy half-qualified alumni all dressed up and nowhere to go!!!

Hurrah!!! Educator’s 2.0 Skills Twinning Celebration

Just recently, engaged in educators-School Librarians 2012 competencies discussion, I used the exact terms of “correlated” and “interconnected” skills and practices.

 Education 2.0 doesn’t give much room to contradiction.  Every SME need to have a solid experience where Web 2.0, webquest, elearning, ICT supported instructional design and Infolit is concerned. As teaching digital natives is becoming less lecture dependent and more guided-discovery or free exploration oriented, educators and librarians have been witnessing a progressive role shift from subject authority to PA (Personal Advising) and Learning Enhancement consultancy.

The greater the distance from traditional education models, the higher the responsibility to successful educational context new media integration.  Additionally, a comparative outlook of professional  KASH attributes from a random profile selection proved to be very illuminating revealing that, besides the core subject expertise, all additional skills and training were somewhat similar and in many cases exactly identical.

It’s consequently more than apparent that even the Generation X trainers, well aware of the new Society 2.0 expectations, are precipitated to making the necessary skill adjustments so as to stay tuned to the new age requirements through as less knowledge fragmentation, as better collaborative attitudes, as more effective web 2.0 skills and as much curation amplifying habits as possible.

Explore-share-contribute: The Digital Generation Project

Posted in Uncategorized by Lia Sant on March 11, 2012
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Today’s kids are born into a media-rich, networked world that encourages creativity and self-directed learning.Digital Generation Project The DG Project helps educators and parents understand how  the Digital Generation learns, communicates, and socializes in very different ways than any previous one.