I Learn, You Learn, We Learn

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"A big part of our education problems stems directly from the fact that Digital Immigrants - who comprise most of our teachers - are not very fluent in the language that Digital Natives speak."-

Marc Prensky in an elearningpost interview

From the Millineals: “For the first time in history, we are no longer limited by our teachers’ ability and knowledge

.” -Mark Anderson

Ideas for Digital Natives in Your Classroom




Creating Online Connections



Personal Learning Networks


Are You Paying Attention?


What is a Digital Native?


Digital Natives are those who grew up with digital technology from birth, whereas Digital Immigrants are those who were already socialized in predigital ways when digital technology arrived on the scene. For more information, see Prensky (2001).



The differences between digital native learners and digital immigrant teachers.
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Digital Native Learners
Digital Immigrant Teachers
Prefer receiving information quickly from multiple multimedia sources.
Prefer slow and controlled release of information from limited sources.
Prefer parallel processing and multitasking.
Prefer singular processing and single or limited tasking.
Prefer processing pictures, sounds and video before text.
Prefer to provide text before pictures, sounds and video.
Prefer random access to hyperlinked multimedia information.
Prefer to provide information linearly, logically and sequentially.
Prefer to interact/network simultaneously with many others.
Prefer students to work independently rather than network and interact.
Prefer to learn “just-in-time.”
Prefer to teach “just-in-case” (it’s on the exam).
Prefer instant gratification and instant rewards.
Prefer deferred gratification and deferred rewards.
Prefer learning that is relevant, instantly useful and fun.
Prefer to teach to the curriculum guide and standardized tests.
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*Ian Jukes and Anita Dosaj, The InfoSavvy Group, February 2003



Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Pt.1
Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Pt. 2
Listen to the Natives
Portrait of a Digital Native
Digital Natives in the Classroom


Digital Literacy


Online Tools to Engage Students