Net Gen & Digital natives

The assumptions underpinning the ‘Net Gen /Digital natives’ cohort need unpacking. I suspect they are more part of a ‘mobile’ gen than Net gen.

In this article, Sarah Lohnes and Charles Kinzer argue for a more nuanced understanding of Net Generation students and their technology practices than received wisdom currently offers. The realization by college and university administrators that Net Generation students, having grown up digital, will learn differently and make new demands of their learning environment has led to changes in many sectors of academic life. However, these well-intentioned efforts to adjust to the perceived needs of Net Gen students are frequently made based on a vision of the Net Generation as a homogenous group of technology users.

Colleague Ian McKee has also written--The Problem with Prensky < > begins with the question:
Is there a psychological distinction between a digital native and a digital immigrant, and if so how does this influence online pedagogical technique aimed at the digital native?

This Wiki is an interesting collection of views from various members of the knowledgeGarden online community at University of Southern Queensland. It is well worth a read if only for balance in the face of the “Prensky mania”. It also has a useful list of articles on games and learning.



About thand

I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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2 Responses to Net Gen & Digital natives

  1. Chris ONeal says:

    Just stumbled across this blog. I like it!

    Chris O’Neal
    Edutopia, Univ of Virginia

  2. thand says:

    Thanks Chris hope I can keep it up

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