Educating the Net Generation How to Engage Students in the 21st Century

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-07-01
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
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In examining the unique characteristics of the Net Generation, this book addresses the national problem of escalating high-school dropout rates and student disengagement and offers solutions as to how to best involve students of the millennial generation. Besides contrasting this generation's educational needs and expectations to those of their Gen-X parents and Baby Boomer grandparents, the narrative examines why many students resist participating in formalized education in schools and drop out. Subsequent chapters featuring student interviews and photographs synthesize the perspectives of current high schoolers as to their experiences, beliefs, and thoughts on learning while a parallel set of parent interviews, surveys, and photographs reveal what factors parents feel are important in their child's education and how they would like to see schools engage their children in learning. Recommendations for changes in school policy and financial investment critical to turning the situation around are also included, along with an inventory/checklist for parents, teachers, and school administrators to determine if their individual school environment has what it takes to keep students motivated and engaged.

Author Biography

Bob Pletka, EdD, is the author of My So-Called Digital Life and an associate superintendent of Vista Unified School District in Southern California. He has been a teacher in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District, an associate professor in education at National University, and a director of instruction and technology for Covina Unified School District. He also served as a city commissioner for the city of Murrietta. He lives in Southern California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Role of Information and Communication Technology in our Children's Livesp. 11
The Emerging Net Generationp. 25
Obsolescence and Mediocre Schoolsp. 43
Student Voicesp. 59
My So-Called Digital Lifep. 79
What Parents Want from their Children's Schoolsp. 103
What Schools can Learn from Starbucks, Scrapbooking, and Deep-Sea Fishingp. 113
Solutions to the Problem of Student Dropout and Disengagementp. 121
Afterwordp. 139
Inventory for Parentsp. 143
p. 143
p. 144
Inventory for Teachersp. 145
Educational Resourcesp. 147
Selected Referencesp. 151
Photo Creditsp. 163
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