maandag 14 januari 2008

Week 2 Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants

From a gaming 16 year old student.

I don’t want to study Rome in high school. Hell, I build Rome every day in my online game, Ceasar III.

"The single biggest problem facing education today is that our Digital Immigrant instructors, who speak an outdated language (that of the pre-digital age), are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language. 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 But that assumption is no longer valid.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. “” said a Is it that Digital Natives can’t pay attention, or that they choose not to? Often from the Natives’ point of view their Digital Immigrant instructors make their education not worth paying attention to compared to everything else they experience – and then they blame them for not paying attention! " (Marc Prensky)

The differences between Natives and Immigrants according to Marc Prensky that lead to problems between the two "groups". There is miscommunication and misunderstandig because of their different frameworks.

Twitch Speed vs Conventional Speed
Parallel processing vs Linear processing
Random acces vs Linear thinking
Graphics first vs Text first
Connected vs Stand alone
Active vs Passive
Play vs Work
Payoff vs Patience
Fantasy vs Reality
Technology as friend vs Technology as foe

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