Digital Natives Debate

Descriptive Reflection:
Marc Prensky’s article outlines the debate between learning styles of Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants. The differences between the two are clear, there are various aspects that highlight the dissimilarity. The students of today who have grown up with technology are recognized as the digital Natives, therefore the digital immigrants identify those who were not born into the digital world (Prensky, 2001). These digital immigrants are the teachers of today, therefore the learning styles between the two differ which make it hard to educate on a level that suits both parties. At the end of the article a conclusion was stated. The conclusion suggested the digital immigrants change their teaching styles in order to cater for their students along with their learning styles. The digital immigrants need to allow themselves to comprehend the native’s beliefs and their preferred learning styles.

Critical Reflection:
I believe this article was a fair and reasonable portray of what is happening in classrooms today. The way in which the article suggests digital immigrants change their ways to suit the natives is a fair judgment. The only way digital natives will learn is if the teaching styles suit them. They need to be doing it in an interactive way they enjoy rather then feeling forced to learn.
Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants Debate Mind map

Learning Styles
Graphic organiser’s are an effective aid for teaching. They are used constantly in different ways, sometimes group work and individual work or class discussions. They help organise content in a quick and effective way. Inspiration is a computer program that allows detailed, efficient mind maps to be produced. This type of ICT support suits the learning styles of visual learners as they like to see content in a clear way preferably over large amounts of writing that needs to be read and de-coded. This aid also supports the students with neat style who prefer to complete something quickly as thoughts come to their head.

Cognitive Tools
Cognition involves thinking. The way in which graphic organisers, in particular inspiration used to produce mind maps in this case involves cognitive aspects is wide. When producing or reading a mind map the students involved are constantly thinking. They aim to quickly come up with something relevant to add to the growing mind map. The mind map has no restrictions therefore everyone’s opinions or comments are valid. While doing these as a class, classroom discussions begin which stimulate more thought. Students validate their opinions while listening to other student’s opinions.

Development of Creativity
Creativity is being developed through the use of graphic organisers. Students become creative with their opinions as they let their minds view different sides of content. Also the way in which they present a graphic organiser becomes a creative factor. The way students choose to display their mind maps suggests their personality and beliefs. There are no requirements as to how a graphic organiser should be presented therefore this is where the students creative sides come into play.