The Digital Natives are Restless. °The Digital Natives are RestlessByShelly Robinson, Ed.D&Paige White, MEd.Word Count: 1725Contact Information: Shelly Robinson617 McKee CourtRockwall, TX 75087(214) 566-2564[email protected]
The Digital Natives are Restless. °Is it possible that each generation is smarter than the previous generation? There is an interesting phenomenon called the “Flynn Effect” (Flynn, 1994, 1999). Flynn discovered that IQ scores are actually increasing from one generation to another. Researchers have shown that this applies to all countries where IQs are tested. The cause of this phenomenon is not known, but Flynn (1994, 1999) speculates that the increase is “actually an increase in abstract problem solving rather than intelligence”. Dickens and Flynn (2001) believes that it is possible for the technology around us to “have increased the demands on our cognitive capacities” (p. 352).As educators, we have to realize that children of today are different than the children of yesterday. Quam (2010) contends that “We couldn’t possible expect our brains to look the same as the children of today. We had hop-scotch, they have Wii. We had workbooks, they have computer software. We went to the library, theydownload information and books on their cell phone and Kindles” (p. 1). This means the students of today may be bored with traditional teaching methods because they have to “power down” when they enter our classrooms (Pensky, 2001).Marc Prensky (2001) coined the terms Digital Native and Digital Immigrants. In his article, he referred to the students as Digital Natives and the teachers as Digital Immigrants. He reported this as a problem because the Digital Immigrants had to teach the Digital
The Digital Natives are Restless. °Natives, who spoke a different language and learned in different ways than their educators. The Digital Natives were the first generations to grow up with technology. “They have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age” (Prensky, 2001). Digital Immigrants “were not born into the digital world but have,at some later point in [their] lives, become fascinated by and adopted many or most aspects of the new technology” (Prensky, 2001) . Prensky (2001) wrote this article almost 10 years ago. At that time, Prensky did not entertain the idea that one day the Digital Natives would enter the workforce and work along side of the Digital Immigrants. The Digital Natives and the Digital Immigrants are now colleagues and are now teaching the students of today.