The trouble with popular wisdom is that it is more popular than it is wise. One of the recent truisms is that young people are much better with technology than their parents and teachers are: this ...
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A new report released by the ESRC puts doubt in the theory.
“Our research shows that the argument that there is a generational break between today’s generation of young people who are immersed in new technologies and older generations who are less familiar with technology is flawed.
The diverse ways that young people use technology today shows the argument is too simplistic and that a new single generation, often called the ‘net generation’, with high skill levels in technology does not exist.”
"We hear the term digital native quite a bit and I have to confess, I may have used the term myself. But is there really a significant difference between a generation who was not born digital and one born in the digital era? Is it the case that those born in the digital era adopt and adapt to new technologies more readily?
It was Prensky who introduced the terms digital natives and immigrants ten years ago and it seemed that everybody loved the idea and jumped on the new buzzword bandwagon..."
Conventional wisdom has it that kids and young adults now coming of age have been so steeped in everything from video games to social networking that they bring amazing new technology skills to the workforce.
-only 38.1% of incoming college freshmen self-identified themselves as above average in computer skills, compared to people their age.
Digital Natives: Ten Years After
Apostolos Koutropoulos; University of Massachusetts Boston,
"The digital native became a rallying cry for change in education, (expensive) technological infusion at all levels of education, and broad-changes in institutions that are providing learning opportunities and environments to these digital natives. Other overgeneralizations put forth by authors like Prensky, is that the digital natives prefer images over text, they prefer games over "serious work," they function best when networked, digital natives can't pay attention (or they choose not to!), and finally digital natives have skills, with digital technologies, that they've perfected..."
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