Integrating Technology into the Classroom Essay

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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? Although a wide variety of scholars, such as Marc Prensky have noted the importance of integrating technology in classrooms in the development of 21st century student skills, addressing first and second order barriers to change has proven to be complex, challenging, and mostly unrealized. Still it can be argued that the future success of the students in the 21st century is dependant on the (triangulation) development of personal skills, critical thinking and technological fluency. However, since simply providing technology to schools has not always had the…show more content…
According to Mark Prensky, by the age of 21 the Digital Native will have: played more than 10,000 hours of video games sent and received 250,000 emails and texts spent 10,000 hours on phones watched more than 20,000 hours of TV seen more than 500,000 commercials (Prensky 2001, p.1). 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
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