Listen to the Natives
Marc Prensky declares in Listen to the Natives that educators must change with the times and embrace technology in order to be relevant today. Prensky describes the gap between today’s students, who are digital natives (those who grew up using technology), and educators, who are digital immigrants (those who learned how to use technology later in life). Prensky acknowledges that digital immigrants will never be as savvy as digital natives when it comes to technology, but gives ideas on how the two groups can work together.
To be successful, we as educators must leave our comfort zones and allow students to be somewhat autonomous in their own education. We must find a way to incorporate students’ knowledge from their digital lives into the information covered in class. In doing this, we will fully engage students, as well as fully prepare them for the future.