Marc Prensky's Digital Natives in a Nutshell
"Our students have changed radically.
Today's students are
no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach."
--Marc Prensky, "Digital
Natives, Digital Immigrants"
What's a Digital Native?
Games inventor, teacher and author Marc Prensky defines a "digital
native" as the students in teachers' classrooms today, students who've
grown up using technology and accepting it as part of their everyday
lives. They're the first generation to grow up with technology. In
stark contrast, a lot of educators, administrators and
parents find they are "digital immigrants", having to adapt to
technology that is unfamiliar and can be intimidating. These two groups
view technology in fundamentally different ways.
- Prensky, Marc (2001) "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants"(pdf)
Why does TIIE think this is important?
"We are particularly drawn to Prensky's work because of the connections he makes between digital learning and student involvement. Unlike those who merely promote technology as the key to engaging today's young adolescents in learning, we agree with Prensky's premise that educators must focus not "only on the changing technology, but rather to conceptualize learning in a new way, with adults and young people each taking on new and different roles from the past" (p.10). Young adolescents are connecting with the world in new and innovative ways every day, which provides educators with both significant challenges and extraordinary opportunities. In Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning, Prensky effectively makes the case for students as authentic partners in the teaching and learning process. He also provides the practical perspective, with a useful chapter on existing tools that educators will find helpful as they integrate more technology into the classroom."
--Penny Bishop, Director, Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
"Today's students (and the best of today's employees) are wired differently; sitting still listening to a one-way flow of information is a waste of their time, and they know it. They prefer the workshop or roundtable to a lecture, a practical exercise to a multiple-choice test and a clear connection between the matter being studied and their real-life needs. At the same time, they are addicted to real-time feedback and do best when it is part of the learning process...
What I am finding is that the best instructors --and the best meeting managers -- are putting what used to be lectures or speeches on the Web for study at leisure to include the ability to pause, stop and return, and using face-to-face classroom time for roundtable discussion in which every student is both a teacher and a learner."
- The Ottawa-Carleton School Board likes
digital natives, too, and feature some resources for teaching them:
"Students need choice, differentiation, personalization and
individualization ... Digital Natives/Immigrants respect the past but
live in the future ... Tech is students' job
- Reviews of the book on Amazon
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