Instructing a "digital native" learner driver


“Today???s students – K through college – represent the first generations to grow up with this new technology. They have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age. Computer games, email, the Internet, cell phones and instant messaging are integral parts of their lives.” quoted from Marc Prensky at http://goo.gl/4oYb.

The target market for driving school businesses is the so called Digital Native described above. Will a driving school who innovates the way in which they interact, transact and communicate with Digital Natives have a clear market advantage?

I believe this to be the case. Learner drivers today are all “native speakers” of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet.

Prensky states that “Digital Natives are used to receiving information really fast. They like to parallel process and multi-task. They prefer their graphics before their text rather than the opposite. They prefer random access (like hypertext). They function best when networked. They thrive on instant gratification and frequent rewards. They prefer games to “serious” work. (Does any of this sound familiar?)”. Is there not a need to identify new ways to interact and inform learner drivers? Once again I believe that this is an essential change.

Elpo Technology Pty Ltd through its hosted software solution, Driving School Manager, provides an entirely suitable way to meet the needs of parents and the learner with integrated self service via web, SMS and email communication and complete transparency. The application road map includes social integration.

Tony Commisso FCA, BA (Accounting) Tony is a an experienced business adviser and chartered accountant and former a partner with Deloitte. He has operated a successful driving school in Canberra, Australia and through application of his professional skills and passion for excellence has developed a range of specialist skills in the successful operation and growth of driving school businesses. He has co-founded Elpo Technology Pty Ltd a developer of a comprehensive online business solution for driving schools which includes a customer ecommerce interface and leverages modern cloud technology for managing a mobile workforce of driving instructors.

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