Engaging Digital Natives in an Educational Setting

ID: 52003 Type: Workshop
  1. Shonda Brooks and Tarrah Davis, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, United States

Monday, March 26 1:30 PM-5:00 PM Location: Bell View on map

Abstract: One of the biggest problems facing education today is the Digital Immigrant teaching the Digital Native. According to research, students of today are not being adequately instructed because a majority of their teachers are not utilizing 21st century learning techniques. The current generation of students were born into this digital age; their lives consist of computers, video games, digital music players, smartphones, and other technologies. Unless Digital Immigrants are aware of the differences and consciously work to overcome them, the differences in communication can be a hindrance to learning in the classroom. Immediate and effective educational reform is required if school systems hope to adequately teach Digital Natives. Using various free and widely available technologies, educators can transform their learning environments from stagnant places of rote memory that do not engage Digital Natives to dynamic spaces that engross, support, and challenge learners. Digital Natives are used to instant and unfettered access to information, multitasking, dynamic graphics, and nonlinear learning. Digital Immigrants will explore and apply digital resources to create innovative and meaningful learning environments to accommodate the needs of diverse Digital Natives.


By the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to: 1. Evaluate technologies for incorporation into their classrooms 2. Design a lesson to enhance the acquisition of knowledge by Digital Natives. 3. Construct a screencast using Screencast-O-Matic 4. Utilize Youtube as a hosting agent 5. Convert files from video files to audio files and vice versa using Convert2mp3.net 6. Host a Facebook Live lesson 7. Create an MP3 audio file using Audacity 8. Engage digital natives using Remind and Edmodo

Topical Outline

Installation of technologies: MovieMaker, Screencast-o-matic, Audacity/LAME library Accessing virtual resources: Create Google, Youtube, Facebook accounts Develop lesson plan: Portaportal.com Construct storyboard: PowerPoint Create scripts: Audacity & Convert2mp3.net Create video lesson: Screencast-O-Matic and/or Movie Maker Student Collaboration and Assessment: Edmodo Student Access to Educators: Remind Student Accountability: Remind


Installation of the following free software will allow participants to gain the most from the workshop; however, pre-installation of the software is not a must. Software: Screencast-O-Matic Audacity LAME library Movie Maker {OS: Windows 7/8/10/Xp/Vista} PowerPoint

Experience Level



Shonda Garner Brooks was a district technology trainer and classroom teacher from 2000-2013; as a technology trainer she created 16 unique courses to assist district personnel with technology integration. Brooks joined the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as the graduate assistant to associate dean of the College of Education in 2013. She became a full-time instructor/PASSPORT Coordinator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education in 2014. Shonda received her Baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, presently known as UL Lafayette. She received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in technology from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Shonda is currently doctoral candidate in Educational Foundations and Leadership from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Relevant conference presentations: Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE): Internet Resources for Elementary School (2009) Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE): Internet Resources for Middle School (2010) Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE): Internet Resources for High School (2011) Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE): Karaoke Anyone: Educating thru song (2012) Louisiana Education Research Association (LERA) Poster presentation: Qualitative Research Methods: Case Studies (2013) National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM): The Perfect Math Marriage: Edmodo and the Mathroom Teacher (2013) Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE): True Confession of the Tech Diva (2013) Louisiana Association of Educators’ Common Core and a Whole Lot More Conference: Edmodo and Common Core (2013) Louisiana Council of Teachers of English Teaching Outside the Box: Incorporating Technologies to Insure Equal Access to All Learners (2014) Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE): True Confessions of The Tech Diva UPDATED! (2014) Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE): Math Resources Round-Up for PreK-8th grades (2014) Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children state conference: Technologies that differentiate Instruction (2016) University of Louisiana College of Education Teaching Academy: PowerPoint: Redefine! Rediscover! Reintroduce! (2017)


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