Blog 4

Re-write of Critical Blog Post 2

Second blog post – Do Digital Natives really exist?

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The first COMM140 tutorial commenced on the 2nd of August 2016. Tutors Carmelo and Brooke requested students to locate an article written by Mark Prensky called Digital Natives and Immigrants, Part 1. An expectation after reading the article was to summarise the knowledge gained including the definitions of Digital Natives and Immigrants, which will further be discussed.

Yes, I believe Digital Natives exist. A Digital native can be defined as individuals who have “spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, video games, digital music players, video cams and cell phones” (Prensky, 2001). “Today’s average college grads have spent fewer than 5,000 hours of their lives reading, but over 10,000 hours playing video games” (Prensky, 2001) and with technologies advancing, the usage by students will exponentially increase. Due to the upbringing and education forms that present children are developing with, their processing of information is essentially different from the generations of adults before them, fundamentally recognised as Native Immigrants. Native immigrants refer to older generations of individuals who weren’t educated via communication and digital technology means, instead text books and physical copies of information were used (Prensky, 2001). This can be viewed through my parents who are currently forty years old whom grew up with minimal technologies, in which at first they often find it difficult to be informed and up to date.

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Education systems rely heavily on the use of technologies including laptops and smart boards essentially meaning that teachers are “struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new language” (Prensky, 2001) implying the ‘pre-digital’ era in which I agree with as in high school my peers and I continuously had to teach our educators how to operate technologies, as simple as PowerPoint. Therefore as current undergraduates studying to be primary educators, knowledge and updates are vital for our future students and occupations.As the 21st Century is rapidly advancing technologically, Digital Immigrants may be inadequate to sufficiently operate a classroom via technology means, while Digital Natives may be inadequate to sufficiently communicate via interpersonal means which presents positives and negatives for both sides.

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So a fundamental question to depart with is, will our students be excessively technologically advanced for us teachers, where they are no longer the students, yet the predominant educators?

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(The first reference is for the images used for Blog post two, click the link to view more interesting images about Digital Natives and Immigrants, they’re quite interesting and funny!)

Below is feedback from my peer Rachael for Blog post two. You can also find this feedback in the section of my blog called “Feedback from Peers”.

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