They are catchy and it’s easy enough to convince yourself of their validity. It is true that students in school now, have grown-up emersed in computer technologies. Has anyone asked their 2 year old how they managed to locate and open their favour game on an iPhone? It does pay to consider that even though we have not have the same level of exposure as the whippersnappers, we have managed alright. Hay even some pensioners can use video calling and email with the best of them!
Ask yourself this, if you had to take a test and your marks were to be plotted against those of your peers would you study? Perhaps you would throw the towel in because there would be students that have had more exposure to the content (they may have even engaged in course materials *gasp*). Or do you work hard at learning what you need to learn?
I see ‘digital immigrants’ as a cop out term and an excuse to throw the metaphoric towel in. I for one plan on rolling up my sleeves and learning. The younger generations have had greater exposure but with age comes; motivation, concentration, planning, perseverance, cognitive skills, patience, content knowledge, experience…………
Are you too lazy to learn?