Prensky argued that this was making it difficult for students to excel academically while using these outdated teaching methods. This idea soon became popular among teachers and parents who felt their child fell within Prenskyâ€™s definition of a Digital Native. The amount of technology being used in the classroom to aid pupilsâ€™ learning is increasing dramatically. Whiteboards are being replaced by Smartboards, text books are quickly becoming out of date and laptops ae being used at every available opportunity. So, it seems only right that the teachers in these classrooms should put it to good use and integrate it into their teaching methods. Pupils can find or do anything with the click of a button. Why not take advantage of this and use it to teach them? Technology is also starting to influence how schools are run and how well they perform in the League Tables. For example, Singapore is one of the best performing countries for Education as they have so many resources, most of which are technology based.
It may be difficult for some teachers who were born before the widespread use of digital technology to start incorporating it into their lessons. But because the use of this equipment has spread across the globe so quickly, there may not be many Digital Immigrants left. Technology is being incorporated into most jobs in some form or another so it is very difficult to succeed in this current system if you have never turned on a computer before. This is forcing Digital Immigrants to learn to speak this new language if they want to accomplish their everyday tasks.
Published on Jan 13, 2017
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