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Kimberly Moore

By admin2019 - Posted on 11 February 2015

Kimberly Moore, M.S. is adjunct faculty in the School of Library and Information Science at University of North Texas with courses on Digital Youth and Library Buildings and Spaces. Her focus is on the information-seeking habits of youth and new Web 2.0 technologies. She is also Head Librarian at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Fort Worth. In addition to Librarian for the last 15 years, she segued into the classroom four years ago to teach a required sophomore level Web 2.0 research course. She also leads faculty training to incorporate technology meaningfully into the classroom. She is always on the lookout for new and exciting ways to introduce knowledge to her students. New on her plate this semester will be teaching block coding to her Web class. She doesn’t know everything there is to know about it but that’s not stopping her! She will learn right along with her students. Teachers today cannot be afraid to venture into the unknown with their students.

Her new favorite quote by Rabindranath Tagore (Bengali polymath, Nobel Literature winner born in 1861):
“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”

Digital Youth: Technologically Savvy but Not Literate

According to a 2013 PEW report on teens and technology, 95% of teens are online and 93% of youth have a computer or access to one. Young people spend about as much time consuming media every day (7 hours, 38 minutes) as their parents spend working, according to a study of 8- to 18-year-olds by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Today’s youth are more plugged in, peer-connected, networked, and social online than ever before. They don’t even communicate via e-mail anymore, an instant message in shorthand works just fine.  They are growing up in a world of intense stimulation - fast-paced games, cell phones and the Internet in their hands at all times, even television is flashier. Toddlers have smart phones and computers. Their brains "hop" faster than that of adults. Fast “hopping” and multi-tasking is the norm for this generation.

Bombarded with digital media this generation of digital natives is inherently savvy with information and communication technologies but this does not translate into a generation that is technologically and digitally literate. The information-seeking habits of digital youth have been a fascination with me for a long time. How do we raise youth to be effective users of information and to make digitally responsible decisions, both while researching and creating new knowledge?

Digital information literacy courses are not the norm. How can we as educators allow this to slip through the cracks? It is no wonder that today’s “copy and paste” youth see nothing wrong in digital piracy and online plagiarism when we have not set an example and trained them how to use technology and social medias. We cannot assume that even at a graduate level, our students are technologically literate. I have taken my high school level Web 2.0 research course and transformed it into a tool for teaching graduate students about digital youth. This serves double duty showing them how to serve youth today by teaching them digital literacies and learning about new technologies along the way. I am forcing my UNT students to look at new technologies in unique ways to connect to digital youth and to set an example for future generations. I will discuss what digital youth look like today, how I teach high school sophomores to become technologically responsible users and creators of information, and graduate students how digital youth think and act along with digital technologies and skills to serve youth today.

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