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Abstract Title: Capitalizing on digital natives’ technological skills
Abstract: The PER community has developed materials that build on students' conceptual and epistemological resources.  However, little attention has been given to students' technological resources, which are becoming increasingly important.  As "digital natives" make up the majority of our student population, a simple change of replacing paper and pencil lab notebooks with digital notebooks may have a dramatic impact on the extent to which students feel valued and respected.  Additionally, digital notebooks are more aligned with the way digital natives have learned to do their work.  Initial results suggest that digital lab notebooks lead to increased student achievement, engagement, and quality of work.  Survey results revealed that students preferred digital notebooks because they allow for "easier data sharing" and increased "versatility."  These results will be discussed along with implications for instruction and further research.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Targeted Session: Stop calling me stupid: Failure avoidance versus empowerment in physics learning

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Angela Cannava
University of Colorado, Boulder
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