Here’s something that might be of interest to the teachers and principals who’ve been attending the TUANZ workshops, and who may be grappling with the sorts of issues raised in a couple of my recent posts….
Following in the vein of the work of Don Tapscott and, more recently, PEW Internet, comes this report from DEMOS titled “Their Space: Education for a digital generation.” The report draws on qualitative research with children and polling of parents to counter the myths obscuring the true value of digital media.
Approaching technology from the perspective of children, it tells positive stories about how they use online space to build relationships and create original content. It argues that the skills children are developing through these activities, such as creativity, communication and collaboration, are those that will enable them to succeed in a globally networked, knowledge-driven economy.
Full report available as 304Kb pdf download.