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Digital Natives teaching Digital Immigrants

November 23, 2009

How’s that for a metaphor of the disparity in practice between instructors and students today? Can’t take credit for it, it’s Marc Prensky in the journal “On the Horizon,” a copy of the article can be downloaded here. He wrote it in 2001, but I wonder… his thesis seems still true today. Do you agree?  “Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.”

You may also be interested in following Dr. Delaney Kirk; I came across this article on her blog.

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  1. Chris Clark permalink*
    November 23, 2009 2:52 pm

    This is not a universally popular idea. In “The ‘digital natives’ debate: A critical review of the evidence,” the authors state that “the actual situation is far from clear … rather than being empirically and theoretically informed, the debate can be likened to an academic form of a ‘moral panic’.” (British Journal of Educational Technology, 39:5 2008)

    I also believe that the disparities are rapidly disappearing. Faculty often assume that all students are more highly skilled with technology than they really are.

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