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The one thing that does not change is that at any and every time
it appears that there have been “great changes”.  Marcel

Human race being the supreme creation has an infinite relationship with the Universe. Everything in this world has an origin, and is subjected to constant change and reformation leading to continuous innovations.  We have transcended ourselves from an age of primitive hunter gatherer to a highly technological intellectual mind.

What role does public education play in the life of a 21st century learner? Sir Ken Robinson vividly and interestingly points out the importance of growth of economy and the cultural identity, a learner should have and contribute to this changing paradigm of education. He states the importance of creativity, how to adapt to the shrinking world, yet
understand the roots through new lateral, divergent thinking in education. The 21st century learner is bombarded with digital tools, technology and application. Both Digital natives and immigrants are present in this learning experience as an educator and also as a learner. Mark presnky introduced the term “digital native”, who were born between 1980 and 1994 (Kervin, 2008) and are completely embedded in technology. They are also called as net generation by Tap Scott et al 2008. This new wave of technology has sweeped the 21st century learner and newborn babies sleep with lullabies in App and grow digitalized. These I-babies or tech babies are our learners and the educator,who can be a digital native or an digital immigrant should be able to meet the
energized minds in a educational environment. In consensus with Sir ken
Robinson`s statement, Ian Gilbert claims teachers to become confident creative thinkers because only with destruction of an old idea there is a creation (Picasso). He also explains out of the box thinking by giving example of 2500 survivors of 9/11 who ignored fire marshal instructions and used elevators. Divergent, revolutionary, creative thinking is mandatory as we are marching endless towards innovation. The values we built as a society and community should not be forgotten and at the same time the fast pacing progress of mankinds should not be hindered.

One of the articles posted in Wikispaces by S. Fenton starts with a big question, "Are you a Digital Native or Digital Immigrant. I consider
myself as a digital immigrant (lacking skills of technological applications) and as Rupert Murdoch recalls digital immigrants should find their  way
to assimilate with digital natives . We should try to find our ways to inculcate their culture and thinking into the educational system. This basic concept is important for educators since they will be exposed to high strung digital natives. Also we should keep in mind that the technology created and some of the creations of these digital tools come from digital immigrants themselves. A digital immigrant can easily become a digital native depending on their interests. In this era a digital immigrant cannot be classified as completely illiterate of technology as there are exposed to some form of technology if not all. Digital natives are adept in most or some of the digital tools, but not all as new tools are formed. Above is a pyramid of digital tools commonly used and there are innumerable tools created every day adding to the existing.

So an educator`s motto should be “Sapere aude” or “dare to
know”. If there had been no change, we would have been cave dwellers now. A digital native , who is the 21st century learner thinks differently,
communicate differently, process differently,learn differently, analyse and evaluate differently. In consensus they are programmed differently. So educators should adapt themselves to a new educational environment by learning new digital tools. They should use problem based and project based learning, constuctivist approach and connect with the students, face challenges and conquer this digital age through happy teaching.

Gilbert, I. (2009). Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when
it's the only idea you've got. Why do I need a teacher when I've got Google?: things every teacher should know (pp. 42-46). London:
Routledge.Solomon, G., & Schrum, L. (2007). Students and learning. Web
2.0: new tools, new schools (pp. 25-44). Eugene, Or.: International Society for Technology in Education.

 Prensky, M. (2006). The emerging online life of a digital
native. "Don't bother me Mom, I'm learning!": how computer and video games are preparing your kids for twenty-first century success and how you can help! (pp. 40-51). St. Paul, Minn.: Paragon House.

Bennett S, Maton K, Kervin L (2008). The ‘digital natives’
debate: A critical review of the evidence. British Journal of Educational
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Elewanya Unogu
06/30/2013 5:14pm

I liked how you pointed out that some of the tools and Apps were created by immigrants. Sometimes we seem to loose that point and we paint digital immigrants as archaic and not being able to keep up with the natives. I truly believe immigrants can surpass natives if they put their minds to it. Nice post!

07/09/2013 4:56pm

Well said, Ella. It's easy to play into the stereotypes when Prensky defines natives and immigrants so black and white. He has since presented a newer perspective based on some of the critical reviews of his work. Thank you for pointing out that these stereotypes are indeed just that.

07/01/2013 11:26am

I really enjoyed your video! I agree with Elewanya that digital immigrants can surpass the digital natives. Although we have not grown up with all of the technology that digital natives have, we do have the education behind us to step it up! The one frustrating thing that us digital immigrants have to deal with is, where is the time to learn everything? Us adults have to prioritize our time between work and families, and learning new technology isn't always on the top of our list! Nice work!

07/01/2013 3:27pm

Thank you Elewanya and Kathleen for the comments. I agree with both of you that we ,digital immigrants have the ability and knowledge in conquering the technological skills, but where is the time? Caught into career, family, health and time.


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