Are your students digital natives?
11/6/2011 12:00:00 AM
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ISTE recently published both sides of the digital native debate. Sylvia Martinez, president of Generation YES (http://genyes.org
), a nonprofit that evangelizes for student involvement in education reform through technology integration and service learning voices why she thinks the term “digital native” is a myth. Marc Prensky, a speaker, writer, consultant, game designer, and author credited with coining the term digital native voices his side.
“Labels only solidify boundaries and imply that teachers and students are adversaries,” says Martinez. Prensky argues, “Because they have grown up with digital technology, digital natives are more comfortable with it than the generations that did not. But this doesn’t mean they know everything about it or want to.”
You can read more about the debate and voice your opinion here