ISTE-Learning & Leading-Point/Counterpoint: Is the Digital Native a Myth? via Morgan Watson | Innovations in e-Learning |

Sylvia Martinez -Against the labelling Digital Native/Immigrant:


"If the intent behind the cliché was to inspire adults to develop new fluencies and respect the competence of young people, the result has been the opposite. These terms imply a generational divide that has resulted in educators throwing in the towel."


"Being a digital immigrant is also a convenient excuse for teachers who don’t want to learn something new."


"Labels only solidify boundaries and imply that teachers and students are adversaries." Martinez



Prensky For the Digital Native/Immigrant Label:

"It makes little sense to debate whether the digital native is a myth, because it exists only as a metaphor and a definition (meaning someone who was born in the digital age). To dismiss the term as merely a catchy phrase, however, is to deny the enormous power it has had to help huge numbers of people understand an important part of 21st century reality."

"Because they have grown up with digital technology, digital natives are more comfortable with it than the generations that did not."


"Whenever an adult asserts, “I’m an immigrant, and I’ll never speak your language or understand you, so why should I even try?” or a young person says, “I’m a native, so you’ll never understand me,” that is a dangerous misuse of the metaphor that I firmly oppose."Prensky


From me (kh)

In communications we always teach about the danger of the either/or argument. Things are very very rarely black or white. More often the world is shades of grey. To reduce everyone in the world to either this or that is a bit crazy when you think about it


Love this quote:

"There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don't" – Robert Benchley