The very first thing that you may be asking yourself reading the title of this blog is what in the world is a digital native? If there is such thing as a digital native is there such thing as a digital immigrant? Well, digital natives as stated by Zevenbergen (2007) “Prensky (2005) has coined the term ‘digital natives’ to refer to the generation who has grown up with digital technologies so that they are a part of their world view. Conversely, those generations who have not grown up in these technology-rich worlds are ‘digital immigrants’ – they can learn the new technologies but considerably more effort is required than for the digital natives” (p.20).
On March 15, 2017, our children and technology class had the opportunity to create our very own playshops. Then, on March 29, 2017, all of the groups within our class had the opportunity to showcase their final playshop assignment which was a video of the process of creating the playshop.
This amazing opportunity just fell into my lap one day. One of my Facebook friends had posted this message onto their page:
This was a perfect opportunity for me to show what I had learned about technology and children from the course “Children and Technology” at Ryerson University. I contacted my friend, he introduced me to his client, a representative from an organization called Beyond the Classroom and then me and the representative spoke and we set a date for our podcast.
On March 1, 2017, our children and technology class invited yet another guest speaker to our class. This guest speaker was Drew and he came to talk to us about an app called Storypark. This app is similar to HiMama but it has multiple different features which separates it from HiMama. Here is a little information about the app.