Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) - New Millennium Learners


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Welcome to the New Millennium Learners (NML) pages! The emergence of digital native learners has major potential implications for education. The objective of the NML is to analyse this new generation of learners and understand their expectations and attitudes. The impact of digital technologies on cognitive skills and on learning expectations, and the evolution of social values and lifestyles are important issues.

Initially, the project is intended to focus on the demand side of the NML, thus looking at the main areas of concern resulting from the impact of a continuous use of digital devices and services. In the later stage, the project will deal with the supply side, reviewing what educational institutions have done to accommodate or to struggle with NML characteristics, expectations and needs.  The New Millennium Learners project also includes an activity on ICT and Initial Teacher Training.




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Publication: Connected Minds - In all OECD countries, digital media and connectedness are integral to the lives of today’s learners.  This book contributes to the debate about the effects of technology attachment and connectedness on today’s learners, and their expectations about teaching.

 Blog: Hooked to be connected! Concerned parents are becoming more and more anxious as they watch their bright children getting completely absorbed by and attached to new mobile devices. Young people’s attachment to digital media and connectivity will shortly reach a level of almost universal saturation. But it’s not all bad news!


Publication: Inspired by Technology, Driven by Pedagogy

This report highlights key issues to facilitate understanding of how a systemic approach to technology-based school innovations can contribute to quality education for all while promoting a more equal and effective education system. It focuses on the novel concept of systemic innovation, as well as presenting the emerging opportunities to generate innovations that stem from Web 2.0 and the important investments and efforts that have gone into the development and promotion of digital resources.

Publication: Are the New Millennium Learners Making the Grade?

One of the most striking findings of this study is that the digital divide in education goes beyond the issue of access to technology. A new second form of digital divide has been identified: the one existing between those who have the right competencies to benefit from computer use, and those who do not.



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