Are your courses providing the kinds of experiences, projects, and skills-based practice that will motivate and challenge these students? Or are you playing it safe with old-school lecture and testing?
Taking risks with collaborative group work learning models or using new technologies is worth it, not just because digital natives will benefit. It also models a love of learning on your part, and a willingness to make change, to fail and keep trying.
Now you can engage students online by adding a Yellowdig board, which lets students watch their points accumulate as they type a post, or explain a video link, or “like” other classmates’ ideas.
You can even set up your Yellowdig board as a ‘crowdsourcing’ tool – students can research and post solutions to a problem, then “like” or upvote the best solutions, serving as a springboard for further exploration or projects.
Some risks; many rewards.