Prensky, M. (2012). Eliminating the App Gap. Educational Technology
Marc Prensky explores an important aspect of the growing number of “apps” available to students. Why and how should the gap between students with access to these “apps” and those who do not have access be eliminated?
Apps are an excellent tool to engage students in learning. Students can learn a second language, build their math skill competency, and explore geography at the touch of a screen button. Another benefit of using apps as educational tools is their cost. The cost of the device, such as an iTouch, plus the cost of apps, which are often free, are less than the cost of buying books and laptops. Lastly, apps can be used to supplement any content area or subject with up to date, engaging information. Students can also use them to explore personal interests in learning, something textbooks do not allow. In conclusion, Marc demands that teachers should get on board the app train and contribute to the elimination of the “app gap”.
This article reminds me of Prensky’s article, Digital Native, Digital Immigrants, because of the urgency he expresses. In both articles, he outlines the reasons why teachers need to adapt to 21st century learners and if they do not change, the divide will grow between teachers as well as the students. I see the divide between teachers in my own school and am looking forward to being a part of 21st century model of teaching and learning.
Summary written by Courtney Snyder