Journal Post 2
Chapter 2 Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants
Focus Question: How can teacher more closely connect learning to the experiences of the digital natives who are their students?
According to Marc Pensky (2001b) anyone born in the early 80's are considered digital natives. These students are exposed to technology since they were very young. Children born in the 80's have played video games, watched TV, but read very little. These students are the new era of needed to be taught utilizing today's technology. These students are more interested in learning how they play at home using smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
Bob Moore says, "Fortunately, our students have a head start. Technology has permeated every aspect of their lives since birth—and as a result, they are digital natives." This is true, but today's teachers have a challenge of teaching these students and keeping their interests and attention to learn the new topic utilizing technology. There is a link below; an interesting article that Bob Moore wrote. Bob Moore is the director of business
development for Global Education at Dell.
One of the ways that teachers could connect digital learners by utilizing something similar to the Academy of Global Studies (AGS). Students at Winton Woods High School put in an extra hour every day after school. The students learn independently and in groups. They work on projects that are real issue globally or locally. Students, parents, and teachers feel that this will help the students when they go to college and their careers.
In today's world there is so much that we as teachers can do to help students learn by utilizing technology in the classrooms. We need to go out there and learn more, listen to our students needs and try to have ALL students be graduates.
Maloy, R. W., Verock-O, R. E., Edwards, S. A., & Woolf, B. P. (2010).Transforming learning with new technologies. Allyn & Bacon.
Moore, Bob. "Students First: Getting Ready for 21st Century Education." Students First: Getting Ready for 21st Century Education (2011): 1-7.