AIS siged IAIM panel: Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?

Kevin Lee Elder, Jay F. Nunamaker, Dennis F. Galletta, Joey F. George, Mary J. Granger, Robert W. Zmud

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I was talking with my kids the other day about a movie we had been watching. It was a story about a school teacher who became the head master at the school and ended up teaching multiple generations in the same families. My kids mentioned how old a teacher must have been in order to teach the children of their students. It took me less than a nanosecond to realize if I had not moved around and taught at many different schools I could easily be teaching my student's children after having taught for more than 20 years. Would I or should I be teaching the children the same way I taught their parents? Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? If you are old enough to recognize the lyric than you are probably in the generation of my first students, and old enough to be the parents of my current students. There used to only be 3 channels of television here in the US and you had to get up in order to change the channel. Now the students have literally hundreds of channels and watch them on their computers or cell phones. Children slept in cribs covered with lead based paint. There weren't seat belts in all the cars. You did not wear helmets when you rode your bikes. Kids played with their friends outdoors. Now kids only play with their friends on video games unless they are the rare ones who play on athletic teams. You used to drink water from a garden hose. Now water is almost always coming from a bottle. It was a different time, it was a different world (if you recognize that lyric you are young enough to be my students). Are we using some of the same stories and examples then and now? It was chalk boards, punch cards, and mainframes then; Smart Boards, GUI tablets and cell phones today. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Some students weren't as smart as others so they failed a grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Tests were not adjusted for any reason. Your actions were your own. Consequences were expected. There was no one to hide behind. The idea of a parenting was different. No parent would dream of being a helicopter parent like we have today. So do we need to change our teaching styles? Have we? Should we? And if so how? Each Panelist will describe the classroom as they saw it when they began teaching, they will then describe the classroom as they see it today, they will then discuss the changes that have occurred and then they will finally discuss the changes they think need to occur. After all the panelists have had a turn we will throw out some questions, like does the change in IT and generations really matter? A lively discussion with plenty of audience participation is expected!

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2010 International SIGED
Subtitle of host publicationIAIM Conference
StatePublished - 2010
Event2010 International SIGED: IAIM Conference - Saint Louis, MO, United States
Duration: Dec 10 2010Dec 12 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2010 International SIGED: IAIM Conference


Other2010 International SIGED: IAIM Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySaint Louis, MO


  • Millennial generation
  • Teaching pedagogy
  • Technology in the classroom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems


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