Digital Immigrants

If you ___________, you might be a digital immigrant.
(with apologies to Jeff Foxworthy for infringing on the original "You might be a redneck" jokes.)

According to one definition, our students are digital natives. For the most part, the rest of us are digital immigrants (ones who are still trying to learn the language, the culture, and new rules of engagement and hope eventually to feel like we really belong and will be accepted by the “natives.”). Actually, I believe that some adults are digital natives and some students are digital immigrants. Just all depends on how you accept the technology that now engulfs our daily lives.
Check this fun list to see if you fit into the immigrant category. Contact me if you have a good one to add to my list.


If you Google yourself and the search result is "Who???" … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you can't find the "Any" key on your keyboard ... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you know why VHS Tapes and VCRs used to be amazing ... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you receive an Ipod Shuffle as a gift and think "What a strange tie clip?!?" ... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have tried to buy a cell phone with no camera, web, or text options ... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you still play Solitaire with real cards... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If your computer has more floppy disk drives than it does USB ports… You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have ever printed out your email to read later… You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you ever made a mix tape for the one you love... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have ever called tech support because your printer isn't working and they just had to plug it in… You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have ever fainted over your kid's cell phone/ text message bill… You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have ever called people around your monitor to look at this really great website… You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you think a Blog is a 1950's horror movie monster… You might be a Digital Immigrant.


If you post your comment twice… You might be a Digital Immigrant.


If you post your comment twice… You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have phoned someone to ask them "Did you get my email?" … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If your students roll their eyes because you are reading your PowerPoint to them … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you couldn't figure out where to put your CD, but thought your computer came with a convenient drink holder … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you type HaHaHa instead of LOL ... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you are not ROFL over this list … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you never played Oregon Trail in elementary school … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you only check email once per day (or week, or month) … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you purchase an entire CD to only get one song … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have stacks of vinyl records you wish you could play on your computer … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you ever waited for a long period of time to record a song off of the radio onto a cassette... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have to run to the base from another room to answer your cordless telephone before it stops ringing … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If your camera has film … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If asking Google is not your first thought when needing information … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have stacks of floppy disks you can't bear to throw away, … You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you have ever been excited to get to turn the filmstrip at the beep,...You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If to get on the Internet your computer makes that screeching dial up modem noise,... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you write a report on paper and then type it in Word, ... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you know what the "Save" icon actually represents ... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you know what the "M" in MTV stands for ... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you look up a phone number in a book ... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

If you text with 1 finger instead of 2 thumbs... You might be a Digital Immigrant.

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