After reading Marc Prensky’s Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, many ideas still resonate with me. First, being of the digital age, I consider myself to be a Digital Native. That being said, I think that there is more than one section of learners in the Digital Natives group. Being born in the 80s and growing up during a time when real libraries with musty smelling books was the only place to find the answer, I can not align myself with many digital natives that continue to go for the “easy” google answer, or another search engine at the touch of a dial. Does this mean that I don’t use these websites? Obviously not. However, it is important to note that these mid 90s Digital Natives have something that I know I don’t subscribe to; the notion of entitlement.
Without getting on my soapbox too much, let me explain. One of the greatest difficulties with lesson planning and teaching in general today, is the students’ sense of entitlement. They have been raised during a time where the answers are at their fingertips and they have been given the answers. Their work ethic is poor and they rarely do research that requires going to more than one website, let alone going to those places that store books. Pre-90s Digital Natives still had to do real library research. We are not so self-involved that we don’t look for easier ways to do things, but the work ethic shows in more than just a cut and paste mode of writing and learning.
In all of the articles that I have read this week, I think the biggest idea that has come to me is the notion of Digital Immigrants learning to speak the Digital Language. I agree and disagree to some extent. Digital Immigrants need to adapt their language and lessons to fit with the changing technology. But, I believe that the hard work ethic and rigorous standards of the Digital Immigrants needs to be upheld. Digital Natives are becoming lax on assignments. We need the language of the Digital Natives but the work ethic and rigor of the Digital Immigrants in order to create more successful citizens.
Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants – Part II: Do they really think differently? On the Horizon, 9(6). Retrieved from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf