Tech-Savvy Students Influence Teacher Choices in the Classroom


Education Development Center (EDC) reports that teachers adapt curricula for computer-savvy students to maximize favorable learning outcomes . The study was conducted by the Salt Lake City-based Certiport, Inc., a computer training and certification company, in connection with EDC’s Power Users Initiative, and the recent United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society.

EDC describes these students as Power Users, an emerging group of youth distinguished by their self-selected long-term, intensive experiences with technology. They think, behave and solve problems differently from others who have not had a special relationship with technology.. They … break out of the confines of traditional learning, demographic or technological barriers by constantly using, sharing, creating, producing and changing information in creative, innovative or unintended ways. By the age of 10 to 15, Power Users are in control of their technologies and have bacome self-directed elarners, seeking and constructing new learning from their environments.

Robert Brumfield
offers a journalistic summary of the study and its implications for schooling.

EDC offers a range of documents reporting about the Centriport study and the Power User Initiative.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.