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See discussions, stats, and author profiles for this publication at:A Survey on Digital Immigrants’ Technology Usage and Practice in Teaching Digital NativesArticleinInternational Research in Education · October 2019DOI: 10.5296/ire.v8i1.15560CITATIONSREADS31401 author:Dipima BuragohainUniversiti Malaysia Perlis32PUBLICATIONS24CITATIONSSEE PROFILESome of the authors of this publication are also working on these related projects:Exploring a Bygone Era: Tai Ahom ManuscriptsView projectCreative WritingView project
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International RResearch inISSN2020, Vol.E ducation2327-54998, No. 1A Survey on Digital Immigrants’ Technology Usage andPractice in Teaching Digital NativesDipima BuragohainCentre for International Languages, Universiti Malaysia PerlisUlu Pauh, Arau, 02600, Perlis, MalaysiaTel: 60-111-518-9560E-mail: [email protected]Received: September 15, 2019Accepted: October 15, 2019Published: October 17, 2019 doi:10.5296/ire.v8i1.15560URL: AbstractThe widespread use of digital technologies by digital natives has put a considerable amount ofpressure on their educators, who are mostly digital immigrants, to recognize the relevance ofdigital connectivity, learn new ways of thinking and processing information of the digitalnatives, and integrate it into their teaching environments. The current study looks into theseaspects while discussing the technology usage and practice of digital immigrant educators inhigher education. A survey was conducted with a structured questionnaire on the technologyusage and teaching strategies implemented by the digital immigrant educators to teach digitalnatives in higher education. The findings reported that digital immigrant educators must beaccustomed to the a) diverse needs of digital native students and b) use and applications ofdigital technologies in order to create and practice interactive and collaborative teachingenvironments.Keywords:Digital natives, Digital immigrants, Teaching strategies, Interactive teaching andlearning, Higher education1. Introduction‘Digital natives’, a term originally coined by Marc Prensky in 2001, is the generation born inthe digital age characterized by the widespread adoption of digital technologies in theireveryday lives (Chan & Yee, 2009; Janzen, Perry, & Edwards, 2012). This trait of the digitalnatives has further put a considerable amount of pressure on their educators who are mostly‘digital immigrants’, another term by Prensky, or the generation born before the widespreadadoption of digital technologies and less quick to pick up new technologies than digitalnatives. Digital natives are basically the ‘native speakers’ of the digital language. Digitalimmigrants as educators of digital natives are facing challenges of recognizing the relevanceof digital connectivity, learning new ways of thinking and processing information of thedigital natives, and integrating it into their teaching environments. The current study aims at20

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