The Digital Divide: Digital Natives and Immigrants by Marc Prensky

Zachariah James Watson

Prensky’s article is basically stating that the cultural and societal landscape has been drastically altered by the rising influence of technology. He puts particular emphasis on how students are coming to perceive education. When Prensky says that “our students have radically and that today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach,” he is saying that modern students are no longer dependent on traditional means of education like they use to be (extensive reading and research with books) because technology has simplified the means to obtain information.

Prensky also dives into what he calls “singularity.” An event that changes the way things are so fundamentally that there is no going back to the way things were. When he says singularity, he is referring specifically to the the arrival, dissemination and integration of digital technology within the previous decades of the twentieth century.

Prensky later points out that modern students have essentially become known as digital natives because of their growing familiarity and ability to use and comprehend modern technology while they are also faced with a digital divide with the older generation who have become known as digital immigrants since they are still trying to catch up with the younger generation.

http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf

http://www.davidweedmark.com/blog/tech/digital-divide/

http://oupeltglobalblog.com/2011/01/20/digital-natives-fact-or-fiction/

Discussion Questions.

1) What is the major irony about education that Prenksy mentions in the opening paragraph of his statement?

2) What is the primary difference between digital natives and digital immigrants?

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