I wrote this, originally, for www.My719Moms.com. I wanted to share it with all 3 of you who follow me. I balked when Colby pointed to a home telephone, with a cord, and asked what it was. How could he not know what a home phone was? As I tried to explain it to him the lady in the aisle just smiled and said, “Times sure have changed.” You’re telling me!
I absolutely adore books, the feel of the paper, the way they smell, just holding them. I wonder how technology will replace books. Television sets have morphed into frames we hang on our walls. Colby saw an older set, somewhere, and asked what was coming out of the back of it. It was just a normal, older set with a tube. I didn’t feel that old, but now that my children are asking me these kinds of questions I can only imagine what I’ll be telling my grandkids.
According to the Berkman Center at Harvard, “a ‘Digital Native’ is a person who grew up immersed in digital technologies, for whom a life fully integrated with digital devices is the norm.” I realized that my children fit this description perfectly. We were in Goodwill this week and they saw a home telephone and asked me what it was. I told them many people have phones in their house in addition to a cell phone and many others don’t have cell phones. They didn’t really “get” it and asked why anyone would want a phone that only worked in their home. They both have iPods that they use to email their Dad when he is away. They read on their Kindles and have learning games on their DS and iPod. They video chat with their cousins in Georgia, their Dad overseas and their Grandparents in Texas over the computer.
When it comes to education, chalkboards, textbooks, and encyclopedias are considered archaic. Marc Prensky made a good point, “Digital natives are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.” More and more schools are using iPads and computers to teach lessons. Researchers have found that these kids think differently than previous generations and have more “face-paced” minds.
Check out the info-graph below for more on the idea that education needs to change to adapt to these ‘digital natives.’ Here are some of the highlights:
- 93% of Americans ages 12-29 are online
- 75% of teens ages 12-18 have cell phones
- Students in many language classes Skype with native speakers to improve their grasp of a second language
- Dictionaries, math tutors, history lessons and much more can be held on one iPod & easily accessed by students
- The University of Notre Dame replaced textbooks with iPads in one course with great success.