Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants in the Classroom: What do Educators Need to Know?
Based on the work of Marc Prensky, this presentation will highlight resources and strategies to consider when looking at developing lesson plans for today’s digital learner including those students with disabilities. Presentation highlights will cover Universal Design for Learning and brain neuroplasticity for all learners. Some strategies will include the use of technologies and non-technology items to engage students more deeply into content.
Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.