Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Digital Natives

Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants are everywhere or are they?

There are two original articles by Marc Prensky
which led to the following paper by VanSlyke
which led Prensky to write another article entitled
Whatever you might think about Prensky's analogy (and I have my doubts) the two phrases Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants have slipped into our collective vocabulary.

It is my feeling that the phrases are
  • often used to hide wooly thinking,
  • are used by the technologically adept to frighten the technologically less adept
  • are crucially are used as catch phrases to promote argument and discussion.
I suspect that we are being misled, it may be that the tribe of digital natives are little more than a myth.

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