Post received from Roohi…
I recently saw my 11-year-old nephew (Year 7) whilst visiting relatives.
When I walked into the living room, he was on his mobile phone, had his laptop open, and also had an iPad next to the laptop.
I said to him “your Daddy told me that you are supposed to be doing homework!”
To my surprise, he answered “I am Auntie Roohi! My friend is on the phone, the other one is Skyping me on my iPad and we are all working together on a piece of work on the laptop”.
My nephew, I repeat, is 11-years-old. I was flabbergasted.
Perhaps others will not be, but I was amazed at how he was multi-tasking, whilst at the same time expertly using the technology to facilitate his groupwork.
These very technologically savvy children will be our students in less than 7 years, at which point they will be even more technologically advanced than today.
Are we ready for them?
I speak purely for myself when I say, I honestly don’t think so and I myself currently work in eLearning…..
For me, the big conversation needs to be dominated by online and eLearning platforms.
In this increasingly competitive environment, we must also fully engage with social media platforms to invite these students from Year 7 onwards to our University.