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THU: Refreshing Prensky, mapping individuals digital usage (Richard Lamb)
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Dr Simon Ball
8 February 2014
In this fast moving and ever changing digital landscape it is no surprise that work published in 2001, now seems out of date and in need of refreshing.
Prensky’s “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants” paper published in 2001, has provided a useful framework and initiated a useful and timely discourse into the nature of education and how to adapt learning practices for a new generation of computer literate students.
However, Bennett et al. (2008) suggests that “Young people’s relationships with technology is much more complex than the digital native characterisation suggests.”
Whilst for Tedd (2012) “Digital natives are not nearly as digital as we think they are in the stereotype – they prefer to communicate face to face.”
Bennett et al. (2008) argue that;
• The digital natives debate is akin to a ‘moral panic’
• There is no evidence of a distinct new digital native learning style
It seems that students and employees are motivated, intrinsically or extrinsically to complete their work and therefore seem motivated to adopt any necessary technologies in order to complete it. (Elias, Smith, & Barney, 2012)
The artifact created explores a new typology of Visitors and Residents, which helps us, understand how individuals in education and the workplace use the technology at their disposal. This is based upon White & Cornu (2011) who propose a continuum of Visitors & Residents as a replacement for Prensky’s Digital Natives and Immigrants.
The continuum allows people to map the different ways in which they behave when using their chosen online technology, without categorising them by age; only their style of use is assessed.
These usage maps can then be compared and analysed to better understand types of Internet and social media usage and user attitudes towards the chosen technologies. This could have implications for effective learning and productive employees as more people are educated and work from home.
As part of the presentation of this artifact we will demonstrate how to map an individuals Internet use using the continuum and categorise the map created.
To participate in the mapping element of the presentation, participants should prepare:
• A list of the websites and apps they use regularly
• A continuum (this could simply be a sheet of A4 paper divided into quarters). Label the horizontal axis Visitor – Resident. Label the vertical axis Personal - Professional
The Visitor and Residents mapping blog, contains a short article and a video showing how to complete a Visitor / Resident Mapping exercise. Although written and presented by one of the researcher into Visitor and Residents mapping, the material takes an academic approach, highlighting its research base, demonstrating its ease of use and suggesting why it is useful.
http://marcprensky.com/ - Marc Pensky introduced the concept of Digital Natives and migrants. The paper and other associated resources are on this website.
Twitter feed @daveowhite, one of the lead authors of the Digital Visitors and Residents research. Also the Technology Assisted Life Long Learning blogat oxford University, where Dave White posts.
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/projects/visitorsandresidents.aspx - this website contains current research into a new typology that could progress the digital natives narrative and be the basis of my conference presentation.
09:34 on 13 February 2014