Fear of the natural learning: digital immigrants


-Does one plus one equal two?-asked the professor Walter Temporelli.

With him, I had my first class about theories of education.

His favorite topic: constructivism, which “suggests that learners construct knowledge out of their experiences. Constructivism is often associated with pedagogic approaches that promote active learning, or learning by doing.” (Wikipedia)

One plus one is not always equal two.

Constructivism focuses on the learning process rather than final results.

This is almost similar to the Socratic Method (doing it yourself.)

Then, when I worked with digital immigrants in Catalonia, Spain, I understood that the differences between natives and immigrants were principally concentrated in the learning styles.

How we learn as digital natives?

Digital Immigrants learned by mean of behaviorism (“a worldview that assumes a learner is essentially passive, responding to environmental stimuli”, learning-theories.com)

To do autonomous games during class (funny games about keyboards and mouses) was really difficult for them. They used to learn with a teacher guide, digital immigrants need to know about instructions and final results.

They were afraid to add, delete, and edit information by themselves.

Even in their houses, they rarely followed the class sessions because they thought they were in troubles with digital natives.

-God! Grandpa! Did you damage my laptop?-

However, after overcoming the fear of natural learning, digital immigrants became the best example about what we need to do with technology.

For an illustration, you can check this blog about a Spanish grandma: http://amis95.blogspot.com/

 I always use the Maria Amelia’s blog with a simple purpose:

“encouraging digital immigrant to succeed.”

Digital Immigrants:

Be a free student inside the natural learning is “the greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” 

(Henry Ford)

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