Essay on Importance of Bridging the Digital Divide

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Children today are not born with an umbilical cord, but a computer cord. Kids aren’t the way they use to be. How many times have you caught yourself thinking or saying this? Theories today believe that children form these generations are actually different, meaning their brains are different from when we were children. What can we do about it, or should we do anything at all? This paper will examine children today and the difference between the generations. Secondly, due to the difference in generations, the importance of maintaining social interaction, critical thinking and problem solving skills, which, are just as important as technical fluencies for the 21st century. In order to maintain the “humanity” skills, I will discuss the…show more content…
What are the implications of digital bombardment? Prensky (2001) argues that students think and process information fundamentally different from their predecessors. These different experiences lead to different brain structure. The consequence of digital bombardment is that the brain is adapting to accommodate the technology that is engulfing our lives. According to Gary Small author of iBrain, (2008) the generation gap refers to more than differences in values and beliefs, this generation actually has a “brain gap”. A brain gap, “...points to an actual evolutionary change in the wiring of today’s younger minds- a change in neural circuitry that is fundamentally different from that of their parents and grandparents” (Small, & Vorgan, 2008, p. 24). Digital Natives have built neural pathways that some Digital Immigrants have not developed or have underdeveloped compared to Digital Natives. Due to the bombardment of media, Digital Natives are changing both physically (with an increase in obesity) but also chemically. Ian Jukes, (2006) argues that digital kids are fundamentally different, different in how they access, absorb, interpret, process and more importantly the way they view and interact with the
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