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Do Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants Really Think Differently?

By: Allen, Adiva, Linden, Riz, Erica, Zerlinda

erica dharmawan

on 21 September 2012

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Do Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants think differently? Neuroplasticity Malleability Attention Span: What about attention Spans? So now, the challenge is... What have we lost? By:
Allen, Dio, Emeraldo, Erica, Riz & Zerlinda
11.3 English Language & Literature But does it work? The length of time for which a person is able to concentrate on a particular activity. The Attention Span of a Digital Native Digital Immigrants (our teachers and our parents) believe that with the new digital age, we, Digital Natives, have a shorter attention span. Is that true? Yes...No...Actually, its BOTH! How can it be? Digital Natives do have a shorter attention span, but to the old methods of teaching...

When it comes to "new" methods of teaching, Digital Natives have the same attention span of a Digital Immigrant with their "old" way of learning! Basically! They don't just think about different things, they actually think differently! So, in the end...digital natives DO think differently, right? Brains that undergo different experiences, develop differently! Lets Start! Different Cultures, Think Differently THIS IS WHAT WE CRAVE FOR! BASICALLY... Its not that we CAN'T pay attention, its just that, we DO NOT want to pay attention! We are very picky! lets take a look at the mind of a digital native... What we do: As Digital Natives, who are used to life going at a fast pace, this is what we do with our attention:
we split our attention into many different sections in order to multi-task.
we only pay attention to things for a short amount of time, and take the "summary" and not the details. Therefore! Different people have different ways of categorizing, using logic to understand everyday life, and even Perceiving! Oh great..here comes TOK! Studies show... Lets See! INTERACTIVITY!! But first... You should know...the brain's thinking patterns don't just change overnight!
No no no~~!
"it takes sharply focused attention to rewire a brain" They say...it takes 100 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for up to 10 weeks for any significant changes Hey! that sounds like the amount of time we spend on video games! Conclusion But...its not our fault! Us Digital Natives have our brains hardwired on working at the pace of the digital world! Its a bit like how a literate man's brain is programmed for written language and reading! So don't blame us for not being able to think the way you do! Children raised by computers have parallel cognitive structures! That means we have hypertext minds, and that our train of thought leaps round! You know what else is cool? Sort of... thank you for paying attention to our presentation its a bit like multi-tasking mal·le·a·ble
adaptable or tractable: the malleable mind of a child. Basically, our minds are even Psychologically different! Digital natives--with their repeated exposure to Digital Media-- have enhanced thinking skills in areas such as.. Mental Maps And even faster responses to stimuli Inductive discovery "Attentional Deployment" Reading Visual Images Multi-tasking...for those who don't know In the end, though these cognitive differences may not be new..the Intensity sure is! By the way, did you know? The Nature of Games Familiar & enjoyable to Digital Natives (includes casual games, ex. "Angry Birds")
Captures attention, time spent on Mark Prensky's Ideas assume: the games 50% educational
time spent on games easily double time spent on school, if given choice
therefore: educational "gaming" can eventually replace school Problem "educational games" compete against, mainstream games; both hardcore and casual
otherwise, just: "digital/alternative school"
Published @ 2001, look at progress a decade after : mainstream games still triumph. Hope for the Field? not educational as school curriculum, not 50% educational:
Call of Duty : knowledge about arms and history
Persona 3: Mythologies, Japanese Culture The brain was once considered to be physically unchangeable by outside stimuli Well, that was wrong Our brain is, and has always been ridiculously plastic (At least that's what pre-2001 research says) This means that it constantly reorganizes itself based on the different inputs received So our brain cells don't actually die off one by one Instead, they are constantly replenished <--- Now this is called neuroplasticity For example, rats in enriched environments experienced significant changes to the sensory areas of their brains compared to the deprived rats Studies also show that the brain keeps its plasticity for life! There are many other examples of physical reorganizing of the brain, which I'd rather tell than type out and basically... we now have an entirely new generation...one with an entirely new blend of cognitive skills-the Digital Natives Digital media doesn't change how much we pay attention. It does however change what we want to pay attention to. Any Question??? The brain is an ever-changing organ, adapting to various external inputs to the extent of physical change. Has anything been lost in the digital Native's "reprogramming"? Apparently, Yes! Take Reflection for example! What about it? Because of the Digital Native's fast paced world... There is less and less time to Reflect! It's just that... Digital Natives get bored by most of today's education... Make it a part of the instructions? Who knows?... thats for YOU to answer How do we include reflection and critical thinking into the learning of Digital Natives? Digital Natives are used to their fast-paced, graphics first, quick-payoff world... Why? Because Digital Natives simply can't get used to educational methods we have today! and the sad thing is... the things that Digital Natives ARE good at--like parallel processing, graphic awareness and random access-- are totally ignored by educators In the end... Digital Natives cry out for the approaches to learning that fit them best! Which...coincidentally Are... VIDEO GAMES!!! That Digital Natives simply can't get used to educational methods we have today-though that doesn't mean they don't want to learn...
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