In recent discussions of technology in the classroom, a controversial issue has been whether students born in the 21st century are digital natives compared to people born outside the 21st century. On the one hand, some argue that students who were born in the 21st century are naturally capable of understanding technology compared to the previous generation. From this perspective, it is seen that children of the most recent generation are able to use technology and incorporate technology throughout their day to day life with ease. Whereas the older generations struggle to comprehend and use technology are known as digital immigrants. People who support this idea, argue that the reason why this generation is capable of using technology so effectively is because they are digital natives, meaning that it is encoded in their brain as if they were natural instincts. On the other hand, some argue that the reason people of this newest generation are capable of understanding and using technology is because they were raised along side it. According to this view, children are introduced to technology from the very beginning of their lives and this explains their extensive knowledge of technology. In the end, the issue at hand is how we explain the fact that students from the latest generation are able to understand technology to an extent that other past generations haven’t been able to.
My own view is that students of this current generation are not digital natives, but instead just grew up surrounded by technology. For example, most children have technology at home such as iPads, cellphones, and tvs. Even in the class room technology has been incorporated in multiple ways to use as tools. Children of this generation are in contact with technology sooner in their lives and have learned how to use them as if it were second nature.