Most educators and facilitators that are in the classroom have difficulty in utilising technology and most often, students themselves teach the teachers how to turn on the SmartBoard or how to take away the sidebar from the window, even including how to move the cursor away from the streaming line when watching a Youtube video.
This is because of the huge technological advancement gap between all generations.
Marc Prensky’s “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 1″, suggests that individuals confronted by the introduction of new technological terminology and the practicality of new technology such as the IPhone or iPad and their new formats produce”A language learned later in life, scientists tell us, goes into a different part of the brain…”.
When I entered high school, I saw what they called “Smart Boards” and to be honest it was all so new to me that even other kids in my grade already had these in their own classrooms when they left primary school. For that brief moment, it felt like I was a ‘digital immigrant’ but I learnt quickly.
One statement of improvement that was commented on my original post was that I’m supposed to include, how individuals “may or may not be familiar with new technologies”. To be educated and to value from learning was to work hard manually and develop a great deal of understanding in a manual manner, through reading and calculating on a manual basis. Since this era of understanding, individuals may find it difficult to adapt to areas of new technology, not only to its fast pace and complexity, but to its influence within education and how it affects the minds and worlds of those using the technology and future generations.
So what do you think? Are you a digital native or a digital immigrant? And do digital natives exist?
So are you ready? Here we go…
- Prensky, M. (2001). On the Horizon. Retrieved September 5, 2016, from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf
- Harrison, B. (2014, May 24). Cartoons on digital natives and immigrants. Retrieved September 5, 2016, from https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/cartoons-on-digital-natives-and-immigrants/