Hello world!

A response to Marc Prensky’s ‘Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants’. I felt very ambivalent to this article. I get the idea of the revolutionary potential of new technologies and that digital technologies will affect the learning preferences of his so-called natives is logical. I’m not so sure about the claims about the brain development of digital natives though. He seems very short on actual evidence for many of his assertions.

I am not sure about his view on the need for digital technologies to be central to both content and delivery of what we teach. In regard to content , where tachnology affects the field of knowledge then of course its use and a study of the broader implications of teh relevant thechnology is required. Yet, in some subject areas technology is more likely to be a tool for conveying knowledge or building skills than as the subject of the study itself. In one of the subjects I teach, International Studies, I can see that there are issues regarding the disparity of access to technology that exists bewteen the citizens of developed and developing nations could well be a topic of study. But digital technology is unlikely to become any more than just one of many issues to be studied. Certainly the use of digital technologies in the delivery of the content is essential for students to access up-to-date information. Textbooks become redundant so quicly that the development of course materials that are internet-based is a much more efficient way to go.

But I suspect that Marc Prensky would see my take on the usefulness of digital technology to be limited by my status as a digital immigrant. i’m sure he would think that I just want to ‘tack on’ technologies to traditionally structured courses as being uninspired and inappropriate for interesting digital natives. But, his only real suggestion for teaching the natives is to design game-based learning experiences. What a shock from a game designer!