Meet Today’s Digital Natives in Blackboard’s New Animation

Data visualization specialists JESS3 produced a new video on student learning styles, which was released today on Blackboard’s YouTube channel. The video employs the term “digital native” to describe the active learning methods of students born in the middle of the digital technology age.

The first statistic this video offers is one that may have amused you in the news last year: 53% of 16-22 year olds would rather give up their sense of smell than their phone or laptop. This gives you an idea of what kind of student a digital native is: a young person with not only an affinity for social media, but also a firm grasp of digital technology’s capacity for education and information gathering.

By age seven, the video claims, your average digital native types 60 words per minute and hardly ever picks up a pen. Students collect nearly all their information online, and they expect access to it now! So why would a student want to lug around a heavy textbook when their mobile devices work so well for learning?

The video also touches on the difficult choices many teenagers face today as they prepare to graduate high school and enter the world of higher learning. It’s hard to believe any student actually desires crushing debt, so it’s understandable when they begin to explore the options of two-year institutions and online learning.

The animation presents a concise way to understand the thought process of the modern student. In just under two and a half minutes, you’re able to gain insight into what students are thinking and begin to ask questions about how education can adapt to meet their needs.

Learn more about Blackboard’s perspectives on active learners on their blog.