Short Critical Reflection Paper Wk. 4 Assignment Keri McFadden INF103:Computer Literacy Alex Hosch December 12, 2011 Presnky, in his infamous article “Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants,” coined the notion that the youth are digital natives and the older generation digital immigrants. But I am not sure I agree. I know many teenagers who can download movies, post to Facebook, find a YouTube video, and more, but the minute they need to learn something there is a lack of knowledge. Am I wrong here?
What would the author of the textbook say? Explain. The author of the textbook basically states that anyone born after 1980 will have all of the knowledge to keep up with the new technology. “Those who were born before 1980 can still become part of this digital society, and they have an important vantage point because they have had the opportunity to watch the changes evolve. ” (Bowles, 2010, Ch. 8) As for anyone older than that, they are still capable of keeping up with it, but may lack more knowledge than the younger generations.
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I do agree that the younger generation can access a lot more of this stuff easier and faster than the older generation. I have heard in the school setting, with my aunt being a math teacher, that a higher percentage of students cannot do simple math without the use of a calculator. To me this is sad. It seems that if younger kids do not have a computer or calculator in front of them, they more than likely cannot get an answer or learn anything new. They need to realize they cannot solely depend on these devices.
I, as a mother, stress the importance of learning every step of the problem before turning to a calculator. What types of strategies can educators use to ensure their students are not “flaming” in way that causes damage to others? I feel that the Ashford instructors do a very good job of putting it out there to always have positive feedback and comments to others. I feel that is what needs to be done, is to enforce this and have some kind of consequence to pay if a classmate were to give negative, or harsh comments to another classmate.
I have had all positive comments back to me, but I have also read a few from other classmates’ posts where it appeared they were “flaming do a very good job of putting it out there to always have positive feedback and comments to others. I feel that is what needs to be done, is to enforce this and have some kind of consequence to pay if a classmate were to give negative, or harsh comments to another classmate. I have had all positive comments back to me, but I have also read a few from other classmates’ posts where it appeared they were “flaming. We are all in this together and should positively help one another. I know this goes on with younger children, and maybe the elementary teachers need to make some kind of rules, or steps that need to be taken if someone does this to another classmate. When this type of behavior starts at a young age like that and nothing is done about it, the child either thinks it is acceptable to do it, or may even make the child not want to give any suggestions or comments because he/she is afraid of what others will say.
What are advantages and disadvantages of synchronous and asynchronous learning in an online class with students from different professions all over the United States – just like Ashford? I feel that there are a few advantages of these two types of learning. One main one, for me, is that I can do my homework at my own risk. I do not have to worry about a certain time that we all have to be logged in. With everyone having busy lifestyles, it is just so much easier. We all have day to day issues that occur, so we may have to delay our work a day or two, whereas in synchronous learning we would have to do it at that one specific time only.
Also, a lot of us are in different time zones, so a certain time may not always work for everyone. A disadvantage that I can think of off the top of my head is if we are working on an assignment late at night and we are stuck on something and cannot figure it out, there really is nobody that can help us or answer a question at that time. We would have to wait until the next day to get an answer. References Bowles, M. D. (2010). Introduction to Computer Literacy. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.