Learning through multimedia and connection to others:
“In a study that altered instructions from a text-based step-by-step approach to one that used a graphic layout, refusals to do the assignment dropped and post-test scores increased” (178).
Students impatient with lecture and reliance on textbooks and crave more discussions.
Any information students can get, they can get it immediately and in a multi-media format.
This generation, MY generation, seeks to gather information from various sources as well as connect with others.
Learning as Discovery:
Using the internet is 100% about discovery. One can search for a specific topic, get millions of results, click on one that brings a new idea, type in new idea into search engine, get millions of more results, and so on. Using the internet is “an active, dynamic, nonlinear, discovery-based process” (179). The Internet is involved, and takes the searcher on an adventure of new learning. This kind of activity creates students who become in charge of their own learning.
Learning by Creating:
Using the Internet is inspiring. Literally anyone can hop on, learn to, say, create a web page, and publish it for the entire world to see. I use Pinterest (more than I’d care to admit) to find ideas for crocheting new things, cooking a wide variety of recipes, and figuring out new ways to organize my stuff.
I also like that this school has students on campus for 3 days, and off campus for 2 days in order to participate in year-long internships. This allows the students “real world” experience that will be so helpful when they leave the high school setting. They can try different things to see what they may want to do!