Digital Natives

Beyond the ‘digital natives’ debate: Towards a more nuanced understanding of students’ technology experiences

This text provides its audience with the opinion that we need to be more aware and equip to cater for the current, technology-rich society.  I agree with this view to a significant extent as I have found that many children are able to use technology appropriately, and they find it extremely engaging. Thus I believe that we should use it to the advantage of providing academic lessons to them via technology, or with the incorporation of Information Communication Technology (ICT) to make it more appealing to the students. This text suggests that children are now more exposed to technology from younger ages, and are considered “digital natives”, they are skilled with using this technology in many forms, and greatly enjoy it, yet, within the classroom context, some educators are not sufficiently allowing and encouraging their students to use this advanced technology to its full capacity and potential, as they may be “digital immigrants”. I again, strongly agree with this opinion, as I also believe that many teachers do not have the same reinforced experience with technology as their students, and therefore see it as a “threat” or simply are unwilling to use it to its full potential. Furthermore, the texts portrays the message that all people within this society are different and do not have the same access or experiences with technology as others. Additionally, it would be more useful to comprehend and influence the way in which the technology is used rather than how often they use it. This is evident when the S. Bennett says; “What these studies suggest is that young people grow up with different histories of access to technology and therefore different opportunities. This leads to the conclusion that measures of access tell only part of the story, and that it may be more important to understand the nature of the technology-based activities in which young people engage.” (p.323)The experiences, and the way in which people learn to use technology can be significantly influenced in schools to encourage young people to use it appropriately and to provide everyone with fundamental skills in ICT. 

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