In no time, many Burmese will go online for the first time never knowing an Internet that wasn't social. "This is going to be a digital revolution, not an evolution. This is not going to be slow," said Vietnamese-Canadian tech entrepreneur Rita Nguyen, founder of Myanmar's first social network site, Squar, told the BBC. She never visited Myanmar before this year, when she moved there and launched … [Read more...] about Social-media natives in Myanmar, digital natives planet-wide
Marc Prensky, who coined the term "digital natives" and a few years ago moved on to write about digital wisdom, called on educators to show the courage to do what "they know is right" and wisely embrace the technology that will increasingly help all of us, including students, solve the world's complex problems. This was in his 10-min. portion of a collective keynote at this summer's International … [Read more...] about Prensky’s thoughts for 21st-century teachers
I'm using "digital people" as shorthand for "digital natives" and "digital immigrants," which together have become one of the "new media monsters" I wrote about, gosh, last April. This long overdue post is Part 2, because I want to be sure you know that even the person who coined "digital natives," Marc Prensky, himself has moved beyond this term that suggests children are alien life forms that … [Read more...] about New media monsters II: From digital people to ‘digital wisdom’
It's symptomatic to me that the headline – "Logging Off: The Internet Generation Prefers the Real World" – contradicts the story. Symptomatic of the conclusions or pronouncements to which many of us adults, including editors (who write the headlines), so quickly jump, where young tech users are concerned. The Der Spiegel story, by Manfred Dworschak, tells of 17-year-old Jetlir in Cologne, one … [Read more...] about The Net to youth: No big deal
"To all those teachers worried about being made obsolete by digital natives, rest easy. You have a LOT to teach them," blogs computing education professor Mark Guzdial at Georgia Institute of Technology. Hear, hear! He's picking up on New York Times coverage of a new study out of Northwestern University finding that "digital natives" are so not digital media literate. Not too surprisingly to many … [Read more...] about Teachers, ‘digital natives’ need you!