The Digital Natives We Teach Are Creating A Number Of New Challenges.

Digital natives are individuals who were born during or after the surge of digital technologies (the internet, mobile devices etc.).  Because the majority have been surrounded by tech from an early age, they are used to it and are usually very good at it.  In addition, because technology changes so quickly, they have adapted to it and are not scared of new innovation; in fact most get very excited about it.

What challenges arise from this?

The majority of educators are NOT digital natives and quite often technology can cause anxiety and fear because of its rapid development and increasing encroachment on our lives.  Digital natives, who have never experienced life without tech, are the ones we are teaching it to!  To put it simply, our students are often better at learning about new technologies than we are.  Click here to view my article about technophobia amongst teachers.

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