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

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Educating the Net Generation: How to Engage Students in the 21st Century 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. The book examines the unique characteristics of the Net Generation and explains how the educational expectations and n ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Santa Monica Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Sebah Al-Ali
Nov 13, 2009 rated it did not like it
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It was mainly a reflection of his personal experience. Many arguments that he put forth were not supported by literature or were merely generalizations.

Quotes that I found interesting from the book:
"Not only are the curriculum and content in question, but the process by which the Net Generation is educated is also suspect. Because the Net Generation has been shaped by an environment that is information and communication rich, team-based, achievement-oriented, visually based, and instantly respo
William Lawrence
May 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: education
Right from the beginning, Pletka is arguing that there is an outrageous drop out rate because students are bored and yawning. So all those drop outs are just too smart and too good for their American schools? Umm. The author argues that American schools are mediocre and provides a checklist for parents at the end that begins with "does your child think his or her teacher is interesting?" I'm not sure how effective a checklist like this is for gauging a student's success. How about those parents ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: parents and educators - get with it!
Shelves: education
The NetGen are even harder to engage than their predecessors, but, aside from adding technology to the mix, what's needed to engage them is less "teaching to the test" and more complex, relevant projects that challenge different skills (language, a subject such as math or history, technology) at the same time. They need to go at their own pace and I know from experience even as an adult that classes only go as fast as the slowest student. Technology can actually help in those instances, because ...more
Wendy James
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it
This book focuses directly on disengagement, which is a major issue we are tryign to address through Collegiate Renewal. However, the definition of engagement is sometimes too narrow, and the writing is only okay.Chapter 2 - Obsolescence and Mediocre schools is a good summary of what I have read in other places.
Apr 21, 2008 rated it liked it
I've wondered about this subject being a mother and all. He makes good points, but the book is very repetitive and I'm still not sure of his solutions.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shallow, uncritical, and boring. Although the title doesn't tell you, it only addresses the needs of high school students and offers very few ideas one could take into the classroom.
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You know, I enjoyed most of the book, but I also think this read like a really long article.
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