Does being born in the early 80's make me a Digital Native or Digital Immigrant? I feel compelled to argue being a digital native. After all I was around when a tape went to CD! However, this isn't the case, there is still so much I don't know. When talking to students during practical visits I often engage in conversations about things I am not familiar with. This is rather important, as Prenksy discussed, for me to accept and understand their language I must learn what they are talking about.
To sum up, why is understanding 21st century learners so important? The importance of understanding an individuals needs and wants is one of the most relevant pieces of information to gather when constructing effective learning experiences. Without effective profiling, learners can often feel bored with concepts and topics chosen and disengage from learning experiences (Smith, Lynch and Knight, 2007, p. 79).
Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon. 9(5), 1-6.
Smith, R., Lynch, D. & Knight, B. (2007). Learning management: Transitioning teachers for national and international change. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson.