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Digital Natives vs. Digital
Immigrants... ...a Comparison
"Things Aren't What They Used to Be"
If you are under 25 you are a Digital Native
If you are over 25, no matter how tech savvy you are, you are a still a Digital Immigrant
“Schools are not dealing with the way teenagers learn. They
are taught by people that grew up and finished their education before the
internet era. Lots of teachers still
lack the skills to teach current teenagers in the way they are familiar with
and can understand. Loads of information
is coming to them via the internet and everything they do is through the
screen: the learning, the reading, downloading and listening to music, writing,
designing and most importantly: communicating with the world. And if everything teenagers do is through the
screen, why then is there so little taught through the screen??? It's time for
a change, it's time to blog! (or to use wiki's or whatever you prefer as long
as it's screen wise)”
from The Screen as
Teenagers Umbilical Cord
24 Hours in the Life of a Digital Native Student - from TeacherTube.com
Portrait of a Digital Native - from Techlearning
Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (Pt. 1) and Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants (Pt. 2)
How are digital native learners and digital immigrant teachers different?...
...Where are you on the 21st Century continuum?
|Prefer receiving information quickly from
multiple multimedia sources.
||Prefer slow and controlled release of
information from limited sources.|
|Prefer parallel processing and
||Prefer singular processing and single or limited
|Prefer processing pictures, sounds and video
||Prefer to provide text before pictures, sounds
|Prefer random access to hyperlinked multimedia
||Prefer to provide information linearly,
logically and sequentially.|
|Prefer to interact/network simultaneously with
||Prefer students to work independently rather
than network and interact.|
|Prefer to learn “just-in-time.”
||Prefer to teach “just-in-case” (it’s on the
|Prefer instant gratification and instant
||Prefer deferred gratification and deferred
|Prefer learning that is relevant, instantly
useful and fun.
||Prefer to teach to the curriculum guide and
standardized tests.|Ian Jukes and Anita Dosaj, The InfoSavvy Group,
What can you do if you are a Digital Dinosaur? -
(You qualify if you are over 40 and have avoided computers until now!)
Recognize that everything was once new - Medievil Book Help Desk
Learn the basics - Internet Guide for Teachers and Students
Stop making excuses and ponder these …
- Recognize that around
65% – 85% or more of students and parents DO HAVE ACCESS to computers, Smartphones, tablets and, therefore, the
Internet and acknowledge that TECHNOLOGY IS NOT JUST A FAD.
are changing at an ever increasing rate and will continue to do so
in the lives of today's children, so you need to be a role
model for LIFE-LONG LEARNING AND FLEXIBLE THINKING or you risk becoming
- Consider where you'd be today if most people in the 20th Century refused to
accept the automobile and kept using horse-drawn buggies just because a car
seemed unnatural and complicated?
you worked in business or industry, you
would NOT HAVE THE OPTION TO REFUSE to use new programs instituted by your employer, so why should teachers think they are exempt?
- Would you want to go to a doctor or surgeon who refused to use new cutting-edge innovations?
- Don't keep bragging about your unwillingness to try new technology because YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED OVER 65 MILLION YEARS AGO TO DINOSAURS WHO COULDN'T ADAPT!
your lucky stars that according to modern research in neuroscience, your BRAIN DOES NOT STOP making new connections when you
are six years old!
that you are still the teacher, and even though
you may not be as adept at technology as some of your students, you are
the expert in your
content. You only have to learn enough tech tricks to engage your
students' attention. Then they'll be motivated to learn subject content
from you, and they can teach you the tech tools!
- According to Jack Lemmon, "FAILURE SELDOM STOPS YOU. WHAT STOPS YOU IS FEAR OF FAILURE."
- You CAN LEARN to use these tools, but the longer you ignore them, the more skills
and knowledge you will have to catch up with – so don’t waste any more time ignoring
them – START LEARNING!
TRANSLATION - OLD DOGS DINOSAURS CAN LEARN NEW TRICKS!
(But, just like students, they have to want to learn!)