Many people talk about the divide between digital natives and digital immigrants in today’s society. Digital natives are said to be those people who have grown up in a world of computers and 21st centuries technologies. People who are considered digital immigrants grew up before the digital age and have had to learn how to use technologies later in their life.
Personally, I think I’m borderline. Being 28, I could be considered either a digital native or digital immigrant.
This concept has implications in education as the students we are currently teaching can be considered digital natives and therefore have different learning styles to most of their teachers.
Marc Prensky is credited with coining the term digital native and has said “Digital immigrant teachers assume that learners are the same as they have always been, and that the same methods that worked for the teachers when they were students will work for their students now. But that assumption is no longer valid. Today’s learners are different.”
This slideshow was created for a public service audience however it is very relevant to education and has some interesting points about how digital natives operate. A thought provoking presentation for teachers.