ERIC Number: EJ944653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Will the Real Digital Native Please Stand Up?
Waters, John K.
Campus Technology, v25 n2 p26-28, 30-31 Oct 2011
A decade has passed since author, game designer, and educational thought leader Marc Prensky heralded the arrival of a new generation of students whose immersion in information technology distinguished them in fundamental ways from previous generations. Because they had 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," Prensky wrote in a two-part article published in 2001, these "digital natives" were "no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach." A decade after the term "digital native" was first popularized, educators examine what the term means today--if anything.
Descriptors: Educational Principles, Definitions, Generational Differences, Social Change, Internet, Educational Environment, Influence of Technology, Computer Use, Information Technology, Access to Computers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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