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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants

Prensky, " Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants:


In this article Prensky talks about the difference between people raised with technology and those who are just getting used to the idea of technology. According to Prensky if you were always around technology you are a " Digital Native" meaning "They have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age.... students today are all "native speakers" of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet" Prensky pg 1. This is important to the text because this quote shows you that the "new" generation is changing and we are all being shaped around what we all know.. technology.
In this world we just don't have the generation that grew up technology Prensky calls this group
"Digital Immigrants" "learn – like all immigrants, some better than others – to adapt to their environment, they always retain, to some degree, their "accent," that is, their foot in the past" This group goes to our grandparents who are completely confused on what to do when it comes to computers. Prensky was saying that " Digital Immigrants typically have very little appreciation for these new skills that the Natives have acquired and perfected through the years of interaction and practice" this may be true but there are many people from this category that  do want to understand the life that we know live in.
Other than showing us the difference between the two, he also goes into detail on how to combine the two to keep students know a days more engaged in the classroom. This is a piece that i truly believe that every professor should learn. Personally speaking if the professor is not keeping me somehow engaged in a classroom I'm not mentally there. But some do not believe in this change  "It's just dumb (and lazy) of educators – not to mention ineffective – to presume that (despite their traditions) the Digital Immigrant way is the only way to teach, and that the Digital Natives‟ “language” is not as capable as their own of encompassing any and every idea."Prensky pg 6 But on the other hand there are some professors that do believe that they need to change their teaching methods a bit with the world around them but not forgetting the Legacy "So if Digital Immigrant educators really want to reach Digital Natives – i.e. all their students – they will have to change. It‟s high time for them to stop their grousing, and as the Nike motto of the Digital Native generation says, “Just do it!” They will succeed in the long run – and their successes will come that much sooner if their administrators support them." Prensky pg 6.
So maybe we will live in a world that the " Digital Immigrants" will change their ways to accomodate "Digital Natives"

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