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2003 Keynote

Overcoming our digital immigrant accents: understanding gaming and other digital native behaviors

Presenter Marc Prensky, author and CEO, and Corporate Gameware LLC

Abstract Today¿s students have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age. These students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach. They are "native speakers" of the digital language of computers, video games, and the Internet. Author and e-learning games designer, Marc Prensky, believes there is a generation gap or `digital divide¿ between educators and learners which won¿t be resolved until they share a common language. His keynote will discuss the implications of new ways of communicating and other interactive behaviors of today¿s online students, the ¿digital natives¿. He will review how games and other interactions have evolved quickly into a global scale networked phenomena that the ¿digital natives¿ control and use daily, but that older "digital immigrants" often fail to understand. The goal will be to help us overcome our "digital immigrant accent" in dealing with these new emerging phenomena and to understand how to adopt these new behaviors to the advantage of the programs we support and serve.

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