Sunday, June 5, 2011

Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants by Marc Prensky

Arguement: Marc Prensky"s argues that students have changed dramatically and can no longer learn the same way as the generations before them. Prensky claims that technology is the major part of this change. The  "digital natives" are the new students who have grown up using technology including video games, computers, and the internet. Prensky describes the others as "digital immigrants" as those who did not grow up in the digital world. Prensky argues that it could be possible that the new students brains structure could have possible changed. "As we shall see in the next installment, it is very likely that our students’ brains have physically changed –
and are different from ours – as a result of how they grew up" (Prensky, p.1). 

Prensky's second argument is that the digital immigrants are having a hard time teaching the digital natives, "It‟s very serious, because the single biggest problem facing education today is that  our Digital Immigrant instructors, who speak an outdated language (that of the pre-digital age), are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language" (Prensky, p.2). He had made a point about how students in this generation learn better through games and movie clips. he points out that if kids could remember over a hundred  Pokémon characters and their different abilities, then they can remember the different capitals in the country and other educational things. Students just have to be interested in it through technology and in a fast past, not step by step.

My questions for this article is where do we categorize the individuals who are considered digital immigrants but know just as much or more as the digital natives? And is it possible that we as knew students brains can be physically changed?

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