Digital Immigrants, Digital Natives: Shaping Tomorrow's Education

Rahama Obadak
Marketing & Comms, Flexisaf

The other week, we were visited by Dr. Fatima Kabir, an expert in Instructional Technology (Education). Naturally, a discussion took place about the intersection of FlexiSAF's school software with academics. During this conversation, Dr. Kabir shared with us an interesting point of view that every 21st Century educator should be aware of.The view is centered around Mark Prensky's Digital Immigrants & Digital Natives, which claims that today’s students think and process information much differently from their predecessors. Not only that, but Prensky goes on to claim that these differences go further and deeper than most educators realize. He believes that this fundamental difference in thought and learning process of today's children is a result of their exposure to digital technologies from birth.

These students, he called Digital Natives because they are “native speakers” of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet. As for the teachers, “those of us who were not born into the digital world but have, at some later point in our lives, become fascinated by and adopted many or most aspects of the new technology are Digital Immigrants.

As a result of these changes, in order for education to achieve it's true purpose - which is to prepare them for the future - then education itself must change to meet these learners needs.Read: Why do kids need SMART SchoolsFor example, you don't have to be an educator to notice that today’s learners hate being lectured to; they want this method to be replaced by community, i.e working in groups: Doing projects, having the opportunity to share their ideas with their peers and hear what their peers have to say; Being challenged; Being asked interesting questions etc.In addition, Prensky also observes that using technology in old ways is of little use to learners of today. Get the full document below to continue reading all of the brilliant points Prensky makes. Dr. Kabir was kind enough to send us her review of Prensky's observations to share with you. If you're an educator or simply interested in shaping the future, this review offers valuable insight in understanding how learners of today think and how to really impact students of this digital generation.Download a copy for free below!