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I want to talk about about the labs we use and the impact this has on the iGeneration or Gen Z also referred to as Digital Natives. There is definitely this idea that the iGeneration who have simply been born into a generation of technology at their fingertips and given the technology from an early age rather than being taught or shown how to use it or even what you can do with it. This generation are commonly given tablets / phones from the age of 2 if not earlier however just by having used technology from this age doesn’t make some suddenly digital natives or techsperts! From what I see on a daily basis it is the opposite. Most children will come to school being able to find an app or watch a YouTube video or play a game but nothing more! Ask these children to show you where the camera is and they will simply find the app or point to the screen I’ve even seen some point to the Apple logo on the back. If we continue to label children as digital natives or the iGeneration we instantly think that these students will know how to use the technology and what to do. However everyday I’m more surprised by the lack of technological knowledge that children have. Common things like checking if there is wifi, knowing how to change the keyboard, closing an app, typing a note, setting a timer as a reminder, or simply being able to ask when some thing doesn’t work. We need to support this iGeneration in becoming Digitally AWARE and more KNOWLEDGEABLE about TECHNOLOGY. I want all children to be ACTIVE USERS of technology where they create and manipulate technology rather than simply PASSIVE USERS who use technology to simply watch videos. The iGeneration are growing up with internet that is always on, technology that is there all the time, social media that they can’t escape from and an online footprint that they can’t begin to imagine. The online world for these children is exciting and the reality of social media is not easily understood by them - fame and fortune seems picture perfect but is a false story of someone’s life online. We as adults, teachers and parents need to consider what we post and the message this sends!