Understanding Digital Learners

It is amazing how our world, technology, and children have changed over the past 30 years. Why is it though, when you walk into many classrooms today, that they look very similar to the classrooms of the 1970’s and 1980’s? What about the instructional strategies? Furniture? Technology? In a lot of cases… they are the same as 20+ years ago. Unfortunately, the students that are entering those classrooms are not the same as we were in the ’70’s and ’80’s. These are people who have been bombarded digitally since birth. They have never known a time without the internet. They have interactive games that give instant response and gratification to their every decision. Walking into a 20th century classroom means the students have to “power down” in a sense. So how do we get educators to embrace the use of digital tools and instructional strategies of the 21st Century?