Digital natives – This is a new generation of people that that have grown up with High Technology from day one of their existence.
” Today‟s average college grads have spent less than 5,000 hours of their lives reading, but over 10,000 hours playing video games (not to mention 20,000 hours watching TV). Computer games, email, the Internet, cell phones and instant messaging are integral parts of their lives. It is now clear that as a result of this ubiquitous environment and the sheer volume of their interaction with it, today‟s students think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors. These differences go far further and deeper than most educators suspect or realize. “Different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures, “ says Dr. Bruce D. Perry of Baylor College of Medicine. Link to PDF about Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf.
The piece I feel is worth discussing is how their brains are structured differently then Digital Immigrants ( anyone older then early 20 somethings). I was trigger to write a quick note about this after attending a presentation by a “Forecaster” Bob Johansen (http://www.iftf.org/BobJohansenTYF) who introduced me to this Digital Native distinction and took a hard stand around his 10 year forecast, ”these Digital Natives people and behaviors are the future of our world”. His advice: “begin a reverse mentorship with a 14 year old or younger and learn how they ARE!” They are different from any other human species ever born to this planet. Bob’s stand is a 14 year old or less is a Digital Native. Pay attention to this group of people.
So this morning, I turned on my portal to people, places and things and bang this article about a 14 year old creating the number one app on the Iphone.http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/tween-tech-prodigy-23867645. The video is interesting by comparing his feat to the biggest old school technology hubs in the US. A 14 year old trumps the old guard. Is this Bob’s point!
Well, Have I seen the future – Is it my son and his friends.
Going to get a Kinect game console and begin to play again. (by the way: Bob said Kinect is a technology that will be part of future as well, Interface-less computing).