As I’m sure quite a lot of students will mention, Prensky (2001) has quite an out-dated concept of digital ‘natives’ and ‘immigrants’. What does he mean by this? Well, digital ‘natives’ would mostly consist of Generation Y students who are born into technology and therefore are more at ease with its complexities and constant updates. The ‘immigrants’ happen to the less-so fortunate who aim to understand it at a later time in life either by force or by choice. The two are distinguished by ‘immigrants’ who have a ‘digital accent’ where their first instinct wouldn’t be to go to the Internet and search, but rather use a primary source. They don’t leave a trace of their identity online as they don’t feel the need to be part of social media. This theory has been updated by White and Cornu (2011) by arguing that ‘immigrants’ are not as ‘technically handicapped’ as Prensky makes them out to be. Kennedy et al. (2010) and Connaway et al. (2013) challenge this: age is not a factor in digital usage and it’s more of a motivational factor than anything to become accustomed to the internet and its many aspects.
Selwyn (2009) challenges the theory that young people are digital “natives”, emphasizing that actually, younger generations need support with content creation and usage online. Selwyn also highlights the importance of context and circumstances in web use. Schools may consider it beneficial for students to access online content for work purposes (BlackBoard and Moodle being good examples as well as MOOCS) however at home, students are in a more “casual” environment and are more likely to build an online presence.
Personally, I would consider both my personal and professional life to be towards a Digital “Resident” profile. This was further confirmed when I watched Whites “Mapping” video. I don’t believe being a Digital ‘Visitor’ has anything to do with age though or gender. I think it’s entirely up to the person how they deal with such an intricate part of life. With regards to Tall blog (2008), I do use the web for a good amount of social online presence – I am on twitter, Facebook and use them accordingly to share things with friends and family. On reflection, what I’d like to gain from UOSM2008 is the chance to enhance my “Resident” profile in my professional life. LinkedIn has become a search page for jobs in recent years, with an online personal CV being able to be viewed by almost anyone. I hope to also gain a few twitter followers through the module seeing as this would be a nice course interaction activity 😉
- David, S. White & Alison Le Cornu. (9th August 2011). Visitors and Residences: A new topology for online engagement.
- Available: http://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049%20https://comminfo.rutgers.edu/%7Etefko/Courses/Zadar/Readings/Selwyn%20dig%20natives,%20Aslib%20Proceedings%202009.pdf. Last accessed February 2016
- Prensky, M. (2001).Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. Available:http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf. Last accessed 9th Feb 2016.
- Prensky, M. (2011).From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom. Available:http://marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky-Intro_to_From_DN_to_DW.pdf. Last accessed 10th Feb 2016.
- Selwyn, N (2009) The Digital Native – myth and reality