Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants

Written by Marc Prensky

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Digital Immigrant teachers typically assume that learners arerepparttar same as they have always been, and thatrepparttar 109364 same methods that worked forrepparttar 109365 teachers when they were students will work for their students now. But that assumption is no longer valid. Today’s learners are different.

The people sitting in their classes grew up onrepparttar 109366 “twitch speed” of video games and MTV. They are used torepparttar 109367 instantaneity of hypertext, downloaded music, phones in their pockets, a library on their laptops, beamed messages and instant messaging. They’ve been networked most or all of their lives. They have little patience for lectures, step-by-step logic, and “tell-test” instruction.

So is it thatrepparttar 109368 Digital Natives can’t pay attention, or that they choose not to? Often fromrepparttar 109369 Natives’ point of view their Digital Immigrant instructors make their education not worth paying attention to compared to everything else they experience – “Every time I go to school I have to power down,” complains one student – and then they blame them for not paying attention! And, more and more,repparttar 109370 Digital Natives won’t take it.

So what should happen? Should we forcerepparttar 109371 Digital Native students to learnrepparttar 109372 old ways, or should their Digital Immigrant educators learnrepparttar 109373 new? Unfortunately, no matter how muchrepparttar 109374 Immigrants may wish it, it is highly unlikelyrepparttar 109375 Digital Natives will go backwards. Inrepparttar 109376 first place, it may be impossible – their brains may already be different. It also flies inrepparttar 109377 face of everything we know about cultural migration. Kids born into any new culture learnrepparttar 109378 new language easily, and forcefully resist usingrepparttar 109379 old. Smart adult immigrants accept that they don’t know about their new world and take advantage of their kids to help them learn and integrate. Not-so-smart (or not-so-flexible) immigrants spend most of their time grousing about how good things were inrepparttar 109380 “old country.”

So unless we want to just forget about educating Digital Natives until they grow up and do it themselves, Digital Immigrants had better confront this issue. It’s time to stop grousing, and asrepparttar 109381 Nike motto ofrepparttar 109382 Digital Native generation says, “Just do it!” If you don’t know how, just watch your kids!

Marc Prensky is a thought leader, speaker, writer, consultant, and game designer in the critical areas of education and learning. He is the author of Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001),and founder and CEO of Games2train, a game-based learning company . More of his writings can be found at Contact Marc at

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