Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants in the Indian Context

Authors : Sonia Verma

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 9 - September

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The educators and administrators in India have always engaged themselves to look at the causes of the difficulty in reaching out to the young students. After the pandemic the digital divide among the young and the millennial generation widened in India. As an educator with an administrative tool in my hand I have tried to identify the causes because behind my search would lie the answers to how the gap can be bridged? The paper hints at a few solutions so that the divide caused after the pandemic due to the entry of senior teachers into the digital world at different ages is resolved and the gap is bridged. Hypothesis: In India the pandemic was the catalyst to the leap into the land of digital world in the education world. The chalk and challenge were the only tools that teachers used. Most schools have 60% of the staff aged above forty and not very tech savvy who lack fluency in the use of digital devices. This paper works on a hypothesis that there is no rigid demarcation between Netizens also called digital natives and digital immigrants rather there is a possibility of a continuum. Digital fluency is lacking among those who entered into the digital arena in their forties. The Generation Y. Their ability to use digital devices is dependent on the frequency of their use and upon the need to reformulate knowledge and deduce information so that they can express themselves creatively and appropriately in a digital environment.The natives however are those who just need to lay their hands on the device and its use comes to them automatically. The present day student : Kindergarten through college – represent the first of its kind generation which has grown up in this technological era.They have spent their entire life of about 30 years on this earth surrounded by and using computers, video games, age.


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