Digital Divide

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Digital Divide

Digital Divide:A brief overview of brain development ' social implications

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With regard to the discussion of digital natives vs. digital immigrants... We must keep in mind that much technology was invented by people who would be considered to be digital "immigrants." Anyone can learn technology; like anything else, there needs to be motivation and a willingness to learn. It may take longer for some to grasp, but it is still possible. Technology is †he wave of the future, and we must embrace it in order to thrive. It is useful for so many things we have not even imagined yet. It offers so much flexibility, when used in an appropriate, effective way. Younger generations need to have a good balance between technology usage and social interactions. This is, in a way, a skill that needs to be taught and honed by parents and/or positive role models.

1) More flexibility - Concept of "rewiring of the brain" to accomodate new acquired knowledge and skills. Many people use all different forms of technology (cell phones, computers, prosthetics, etc.), often multiple at once. We have the ability to go back and forth to different types of technological devices very fluently. 2) Alternate (possibly enhanced) methods of communication (especially with people who have trouble communicating in conventional ways - Stephen Hawking, children with autism, people who have high levels of anxiety with verbal presentation, etc.)3) Exercising of the brain - to become proficient at various types of technology, this is a necessity (goes hand in hand with #1) - to become more knowledgeable of different technology requires more skill and mental development

Digital natives may have an advantage in terms of using the technology, but in terms of adapting to issues that may arise, digital immigrants may hold more of an advantage.Just because digital natives are adept at using the technology, that does not necessarily mean that they are capable of being constructive/creative with it, or of using it to the fullest capacity.There are different categories, but where do we draw the line? There's always new technology coming out, and people have different strengths with respect to different styles of technology. ("Being a computer engineer is different than a web designer.")

1) Deficit in attention span (How, as educators, do we deal with this??) - Often, we misinterpret student disinterest as student inability. Instant gratification is engrained in our students' mindsets. How do we incorporate technology in a way that it is engaging to the students, yet productive for everyone involved? 2) Inability to read "deeply" - In the current technological age, we are too used to scanning/surveying copious amounts of (usually textual) information, and taking it all in at once. When was the last time we were engrossed in a printed book?3) Exhibition of "anti-social" behaviors, when too engrossed in technology. Responsibility placed on parents - are they aware of the social skills their children are lacking, when they give their children an "overdose" of technology. There are important situations for technology usage, and children must learn to distinguish them, with guidance from role models (usually parents).

Digital "Immigrants" vs. "Natives"

Where do we draw the line?




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