More “Digital Immigrant vs Digital Native” Posts

So, the age old discussion (argument?) about the differences between Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives has come up again. I’ve already written a little about it, albeit a year ago in the posts “Digital Native/Immigrant … or Resident/Visitor?” and “Digital Native vs Digital Immigrant” there seems to be fresh discussions on the definition and importance of each.

So, here are a few choice passages and links for you;

Digital Fingerprint: Digital Immigrant vs Digital Native

“Digital Immigrant looks for phone number in a directory, Digital Native looks for a phone number on the web.”

TALL blogNot ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’

“The Resident is an individual who lives a percentage of their life online. The Visitor is an individual who uses the web as a tool in an organised manner whenever the need arises.”

YouTube: Digital Natives

EdTechDev: The Digital Natives / Digital Immigrants Distinction Is Dead, Or At Least Dying

“At the very least, the distinction is quickly growing irrelevant.  Unfortunately, the idea is still uncritically accepted even in some journal articles, and perhaps used as an excuse or crutch too often for poor or ineffective teaching practices.  The result may be a self-fulfilling prophecy, but for teachers, not students.”

The Technology Source Archives: Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants: Some Thoughts from the Generation Gap

“The rapid pace of change is undeniable, and it is likely that generations growing up amidst such change will be amazingly adaptable. Thus, there is no reason to think that they cannot adapt to an immigrant’s way of teaching, as long as it is good teaching. Good teaching engages learners’ interests.”

Net Gen Skeptic: The Digital Literacy of “Digital Natives”

“When asked how they decide to visit a Web site, the most important factor mentioned by the students was “being able to identify easily the sources of information on the site”. However,  “knowing who owns the Web site” and “knowing what business and organizations financially support the site” were less important to students. When asked how they determine the credibility of the information, the least common actions were “checking if contact information is provided on the Web site” and “checking the qualifications or credentials of the author.” Checking the “about us” section the Web site was also something that students did either rarely or on average.”

Spiegel Online International: The Internet Generation Prefers the Real World

“They may have been dubbed the “Internet generation,” but young people are more interested in their real-world friends than Facebook. New research shows that the majority of children and teenagers are not the Web-savvy digital natives of legend. In fact, many of them don’t even know how to google properly.”