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Sep 23

Digital natives or residents?

There has been a lot of discussion about the divide caused by the internet, with the terms digital native and digital immigrant coined by Marc Prenksy to describe it.

Now, a new study coming out Oxford University is indicating that another description that may work better may be digital residents and visitors.  Dave White posted to the TALL blog on the JISC funded Isthmus project which looks at how students are using the technologies, not at what they are using. The post “Not natives and immigrants, but visitors & residents” summarises what they are discovering in student use patterns.

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It resonates with me, although I don’t know that it is applicable to anyone besides students.  It could well be.  Either way, I consider myself more of a digital native than an immigrant, as I have discussed here before and I am definitely a resident.  What about you?