The next digital generation

Moore’s law is the observation that over the history of computing hardware, the number of components on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years. The period often quoted as “18 months” is due to Intel executive David House, who predicted that period for a doubling in chip performance (being a combination of the effect of more transistors and their being faster)   I believe that this law applies to the concepts of digital natives and digital immigrants.  It has been widely propagated that us adults are the digital immigrants and our  students are the digital natives.  I believe this is an incorrect idea.  I think the divide is much more differentiated  and is based on Moore’s law.

I was having a discussion with my computer science students about the history of computers.  In that conversation we started talking about the next big thing.  One of the things I brought up was Google play.  This is a service provided by Google that allows you to upload all your music to the cloud and listen to it anywhere.  My students were horrified.  The were concerned that they did not own the music anymore and that the server might crash.  I then dropped the Microsoft 365 topic on them.  This is the new version of the Office suite that is 

completely online.  The entire document suite and your files can be accessed online and only lives online.  Again they brought up questions of who would own the content and what if the server crashed.  They wanted to be able to download the software and have their individual copy of it.  I then informed them that their little brothers and sisters really would not care about such a difference because they won’t know any better.  The next digital generation was marked out for them and it is not their future children.  The next digital generation is the grade level below them.

I think we need to think about the digital generation gap from middle school to high school and elementary to middle.  So  yes I think I just made my job harder 🙂

PS>  can you have your students fill out this form on Digital levels…I want to collect some data on this topic

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