While Dr. Bogad was explaining what a 'digital native' and 'digital immigrant' were, I couldn't help but try to classify myself. It was difficult to do, as I'm sure a lot of people in my age bracket feel. I always grew up with technology around me, and I distinctly remember family members always exclaiming that I was extremely tech savvy, picking up technology quickly. However, I feel as if older family members had the same outlook that I now have about the younger generation. I know toddlers who owned iPads, and knew how to work them, before I even had my first smart phone. As technology develops and changes, the literacy and ability to use said technology is bound to change as well. So while I "pick up on" technology fairly quickly, modern technology is far from what I grew up with, and sometimes makes me feel out of my element. Somewhere in between a native and an immigrant, I feel as if I fit in with the natives.. until I actually have to fit in. I believe my biggest downfall, which pushes me into the digital immigrant category, would be my use of technology in the classroom. My school lacks
Verdict: Digital Immigrant
While technology is captivating, exciting, and unquestionably helpful.. sometimes we all need a little reminder.