Group Link Post 07/26/2017

  • by Marc Prensky Our children today are being socialized in a way that is vastly different from their parents. Thenumbers are overwhelming: over 10,000 hours playing videogames, over 200,000 emails andinstant messages sent and received; over 10,000 hours talking on digital cell phones; over 20,000hours watching TV (a high percentage fast speed MTV), over 500,000 commercials seen—allbefore the kids leave college. And, maybe, at the very most, 5,000 hours of book reading. Theseare today’s ―Digital Native‖ students.1In Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants: Part I, I discussed how the differences between our DigitalNative students and their Digital Immigrant teachers lie at the root of a great many of today’seducational problems. I suggested that Digital Natives’ brains are likely physically different as aresult of the digital input they received growing up. And I submitted that learning via digitalgames is one good way to reach Digital Natives in their ―native language.‖Here I present evidence for why I think this is so. It comes from neurobiology, social psychology, and from studies done on children using games for learning.

    Tags: digital_natives, education, technology, prensky, digital learner

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