Myth of the Digital Native

Quick link here to a sort of debunking of the digital native ideas of Marc Prensky.

Whilst I think Prensky is doing some great stuff in ICT, especially with games, I've argued for years that his digital natives idea is way off the ball. I think it says a lot more about someone's desire to offload responsibility for understanding ICTs than it does about a new generation of children.

Seems to me there's a strong case to be made that the advent of the digital revolution has merely coincided with a better neurological understanding of the way the brain can change - whilst it may be causal it's very wrong - and possibly damaging - to suggest this is just a new generation of kids that are different to the rest of us. This is a global phenomenon that's only in it's infancy, and it affects all of us equally.


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