You may have heard of Marc Prensky’s argument that adults are digital immigrants and their children are digital natives. Prensky basically argues that children grow up with digital technologies, therefore, they are used to learning with them. Smart phones, game consuls, Ipods, and other digital technologies come easy to most children. For example, when I recently visited my 4 year-old nephew and handed him my Iphone he figured out how to use the Zippo lighter app in less than 5 seconds. He knew how to choose different colors and designs and how to open, close, and light the lighter. This was the first time he had used an IPhone. I was quite impressed because it took me about 5 minutes to figure out this app. Prensky would call me a digital immigrant. I am learning these technologies but I will never be like the native who is used to the technology. So what does this mean for education? Why don’t we use digital technologies in every class if our children are digital natives?
This past Wednesday on the #PTCHAT educators, parents, principals, and other stakeholders gathered to discuss how parents use technology with children.
Parentella: Speaking of parents and tech…I was just using Google Sky Map with my daughters on a Droid. Coolest thing ever!
cybraryman1: I use Skype to communicate with my grandchildren. I have been emailing with my eldest granddaughter (10) for 4 years
GaryBrannigan: Most parents I talk to are unaware of what their kids are doing with technology
cybraryman1: Very important: My Cyber Safety, Cyber Awareness, Cyber Citizenship page (with Kids Search Engines): http://bit.ly/5fDZ4f
richardmccready: Schools need to be running mandatory courses in digital citizenship and cyber safety.
readtoday: It is important for parents to sit with their children and discuss what they are looking at
yayayarndiva: @Parentella @cybraryman1 make sure those grandkid websites are protected- cannot be hacked by Internet child predators
richardmccready: Cyber bullying is a major issue that has to be included in digital citizenship lessons.
flourishingkids: If you let fear/ control be the driving force abt internet safety, you will be in for sneakiness, danger. support exploration
Pags21: Here is a recent cyberbullying resource http://nyti.ms/aQguDl
NMHS_Principal: @Parentella You start by getting schools on board to run PD programs for parents
eduinnovation: @Parentella My district offers classes on using tech, social media to the public at our district office
butwait: @Parentella Dropping in for a sec (family commitments tonight) to say my nieces used soc media for this: http://bit.ly/muttstrutsun
fiteach: @Parentella What about how to broach difficult topics with parents? I’m always at a loss about the best way…