He explains the difference between the digital generation and their parents or teachers, “the importance of the distinctions this: as digital immigrants learn-like all immigrants, some better than others – to adapt to their environment, they always retain, to some degree, their "accent," that is, their foot in the past” ( 2). He is talking about the parents or educators of the tech savvy. They are not aware of all the internet speech or how to navigate as well as others who catch on quickly.
Prensky states that, the person who is not absorbed into technology has a bias against learning with it, “Digital Immigrants don’t believe their students can learn successfully while watching TV or listening to music, because they (the Immigrants) can’t.”(3). This argument is really effective because it shows there is a barricade of understanding for the some of the parents or educators. When Prensky writes, “Digital Immigrant teachers assume that learners are the same as they have always been…” (3). It seems like the teachers are stuck in the past and do not see that times have changed.
He also writes that educators should try to balance both what he calls, “legacy” and “future” content, “As educators, we need to be thinking about how to teach both Legacy and Future content in the language of the Digital Natives.” (4). “Legacy” content is traditional learning like, reading and writing and “future” content is using software or robotics. (4). While Prensky and his colleagues had a balance there was still a struggle between the understanding of “digital” and “native”, “They wanted written instructions; we wanted computer movies. They wanted the traditional pedagogical language” (5). He shows that even though they try there is still a barrier between old teaching styles and their progress in technology. Prensky also argues that the teachers must use their students as a guide to understand technology better.