As all of our schools wrestle with the technological revolution and application to classroom instruction educators continue to try and transcend the chasm from digital immigrant and try and develop classroom strategies to meet the needs of our digital natives. Today’s classroom teachers are digital immigrants and must develop literacy in technology to meet the needs of these students.
Digital Natives are the generation born during or after the general introduction of digital technology. Digital Natives have an inherent understanding of digital technologies, as they’ve been integrated into their lives since early childhood. They are part of a tech-savvy generation at the forefront of technological progress and want to be connected when they wish, from anywhere.
Almost as soon as they can walk, children these days are using iPads, iPhones and all sorts of mobile devices. Most three and four year olds are now technologically savvy, using digital technology at home, in school, and on the go. Using the web site to play games, learn language, math, and reading skills, take pictures and listen to music. This means that a burgeoning number of children are well versed with the Internet and the hardware they need to access it, well before they even start school.
iPads and iPods are influencing all areas of learning in David Andrews’ classroom. He reveals how he’s using the iPad in the following article from Teacher Network. Click here to read about his amazing technology journey and how he is using iPads in his primary classroom to build and control a ‘vehicle’ using a variety of online apps.