Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants and Generational Theory
I found this week’s articles interesting and very thought provoking. I think Prensky’s article stereotypes students and the label of “Digital Natives” seems a little one sided. I agree with McKenzie that Prensky’s article lacked supporting evidence for his theory.
As a high school computer programming teacher I found my students were eager to learn to design and write programs that were not games. As Prensky suggested the incorporation of games in the learning process was the best way to get the students’ attention. In addition I taught computer courses to senior citizens and found their interest and eagerness was parallel and sometimes higher that the high school students.
I am concerned of the labels presented by generational theory presented. I understand categorizing and organizing learners in groups and recognizing their norms and styles to help understand the student audience. However, I believe caution should be observed as students are individuals and each has their own experience, hopes and dreams.
I felt the videos described my students as they seem interested in learning how to understand the materials presented and how the materials would be applied to their lives. Technology is certainly a bigger part of the educational process for my students than I think they realize. I believe sometimes they take technology for granted or assume that everyone has access to the same technology.