Exploring The World Of The Digital Native:

Presented by: Mr. Chris Bigenho

Those who have grown up on a diet of digital content and instant information are living in a different world than those who aren’t as technically savvy. Not only are these two groups developing different ways of communicating, but they are quite possibly developing different ways of learning as well. Explore the world of wikis, blogging, and podcasts and learn how to use some of these tools to connect with young alumni. 

Presentation | Blogs | Podcasting | Wikis | RSS | Reading Resources



Presentation Materials

These are the slides that were used during the presentation. You will find additional information and resources in these slides. Exploring the World of the Digital Native-Slides (imp.jar file 750kb)

Presentation as a pdf (1.5mb)

The audio file of the presentation will be <posted here at the end of the presentation.>


Blog Resources


Blogging Tools

  • Blogger: Free blog engine with no download required
  • Bloglines: Free blog engine. Also has RSS feed aggregator capabilities.
  • Edublogs: Free blogs for teachers. Run by Wiki Spaces
  • Live Journal: Free-Blog, Private Journal and Social Network
  • Movable Type: Powerful blogging software for purchase. Very flexible.



Podcasting Resources


How to:


  • Audacity: Free audio editing software. This is great for preparing your files for posting on the web.

Podcast From Phone

Sample Podcasts and Blogs



Wiki Resources


Wiki Tools

  • Workshop Wiki "Sandbox-PHP": Feel free to play in the sandbox. Test out PHP Wiki with very simple coding. Check the bottom of the wiki for tips on editing wiki and to view key to simple coding language.
  • Workshop Wiki "Sandbox-GUI": Feel free to play in the sandbox. This wiki uses a familiar interface that looks a lot like MS Word.
  • Wiki Spaces: Free and powerful wiki using WYSIWYG technology. You also have space for threaded discussions, notification (subscription) password protection and history.
  • Seed Wiki: Free WYSIWYG wiki. Similar to Wiki Spaces but not as many bells and whistles.
  • PBWiki: Free and as they say, as easy as making a PB and J sandwich.

RSS Resources


How to:

RSS Feed Learning Object: This learning object was created to instruct about RSS feeds and how to create one in the WebCT 4.X environment. You can follow these same instructions for CE 6 and Vista 4 but place the copied code in the header of any folder.

JAVA Script Writers: These programs will write about 10 lines of code that you can copy and paste into any html page or text box in WebCT. You can find additional JAVA writers in search engines using the search term "feed2js".

Aggregators: These are programs and web resources you can use to subscribe to a feed.

Other Resources

  • Feedster: This is a search engine for RSS feeds

Sample Feeds: These feeds were constructed using a simple html editor and an automatic JAVA script writer- Feed2JS.


Additional Reading


Marc Prensky

Research Papers and Internet Usage Trends

Learning in the Digital Age