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Digital Age Learners
These are terms we hear a lot today. Schools have changed over the years as a process of society. Society has evolved from an industrial to a knowledge based economy. This has taken place because of the advent of
. Just walk from your car to the mall, if you even go to the mall anymore, and look around. What do you see? Technology. As users, we solve problems everyday using this technology. You are standing in an isle at the grocery store and use your cell phone to scan a
to get more information about a product in order to make an informed purchasing decision.
When you enter your classroom, your students are familiar with this technology and many depend on it for information. Students are not born with technology skills. These skills only come with practice and determination to learn more. Today’s students are what we call
or NetGeners. They are between the ages of 11-30 and have grown up in a
or interconnected world.
It is believed that Digital Natives would like to have:
freedom of choice
entertainment and play
quick communication, and
the opportunity to be innovative or creative.
Granted, not all of your students will
have access to technology
at home, but the number who do seems to be high enough to set a dramatic tone.
Anyone after the age of 30 is considered a
Those who grew up with before the technology boom.
Both of these terms will impact you as a teacher and it is important for you to understand them more
Where are you on this continuum and what will you need to do to prepare yourself and your teaching
Begin your journey by exploring the
digital native map
created by PBS FrontLine. Once you are at the Web site, click on each of the icons in the picture and read the pages that follow.
Next, review the page created by students at the University of British Columbia about
Digital Natives and Immigrants
Questions to Consider
How do our students like to learn? How is this different from you?
What will this mean when you design your instruction?
What strategies and methods of instruction would be effective?
How does/could technology play a role in your classroom?
More Resources to Explore
//Grown Up Digital//
Digital natives, digital immigrants
Computers in Schools Could do More Harm then Good
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