Digital Natives

Marc Prensky (2001) argues that there are digital natives and digital immigrants and that some of us are the former and some the latter (use Google to find more info on digital natives). He says that digital natives speak the digital dialect and find fluency in the online world. Digital immigrants adapt and survive, but it doesn't mean they grew up 'knowing' about digital technologies.

It can affect what we learn and how we're able to learn it. It can bring clashes or coherence. Which one are YOU? Answer the following questions to find out whether the digital age risks being a pleasure or a pain... or see if you're just getting by regardless.

Created by: Sarah Horrigan of Kinda Learning
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1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
3. Would you first go to look up an answer in a book or on the web?
4. Do you print out material from the web to read 'properly' later?
Yes, always
5. Do you work out new programs as you go or read the manual / get help before starting?
Work out as I go
Read the manual
Ask for help
Rarely use new programs / computers
6. Do you know what the term 'web 2.0' means?
Should I?
7. Do you believe computer games can have educational value?
Yes and I've used them for that purpose
Yes, but not used them
8. Can you talk on the phone at the same time as checking your e-mail?
Yes, no problem
Yes, but it takes some concentration
Yes, but I'd rather not
9. Do you remember a time before the web was everywhere?
10. How would a day without technology be for you?
A nightmare
11. Have you ever used a blog, wiki, social networking site or microblogging service?
Yes, all of the above
Yes, some of the above
No, but I am aware of them
12. Does learning things step-by-step suit you?

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