Digital Natives in Digital Era
Digital Technology brings a big change in the world that we live today, these changes will bring us toward a world where knowledge, power and productive capability will be more dispersed than at any time in our history, a world where value creation will be fast, fluid but persistently disruptive. Technology has change the way people get information, much more to the way people learn, internet allow learners to get the information when they need it, how they need it, and wherever they want it.
In this Digital Technology era, we often heard that our future generation is a Digital Native, and the older generation is a Digital Immigrant. wikipedia describe it “A Digital Native is a person who was born during or after the general introduction of digital technology, and through interacting with digital technology from an early age, has a greater understanding of its concepts. Alternatively, this term can describe people born in the latter 1960s or later, as the Digital Age began at that time; but in most cases the term focuses on people who grew up with the technology that became prevalent in the latter part of the 20th century, and continues to evolve today. “ and “A digital immigrant is an individual who was born before the existence of digital technology and adopted it to some extent later in life.”
Digital natives are fundamentally different. Due to the kinds of experiences they have had with interactive technologies their entire lives, they have developed preferences that are different than most of ours. They used to receiving information really fast, They prefer their graphics before their text (visual learners), they like to parallel process and multi task, their attention are short spans, they use technology to express themselves, They are information analysts, content producers, and real-time learners who prefer instant and text messages, they function best when networked, prefer random access (like hypertext), they prefer games to “serious” work. Technology is very important in their lives.
We believe that technology is a tool that can help and enhance learning, technology were used every day to educate outside of formal school for communication, collaboration, understanding and accessing knowledge. Thus it helped people to share their thought, share their knowledge for other to follow it and learn from it. In a way technology really help us, the Digital Natives and Digital immigrant to learn and gain from it.
Education needs to be nimble and adapt quickly to this vastly ever changing era that technology brought us by reaching out beyond the wall of limitation and use the innovation that’s been made to change the education paradigm. Educators can adapt the digital technology for teaching the new generations by creating a vibrant classroom ecosystem that enhance learning, more effectively than hierarchically organized schools. Some school already tried to change the way they teach the student, but we could see the result a couple years ahead.