Digital Natives v. Me

Just finished the intro to Born Digital, and find it great to hear someone write what I’ve been thinking. Natives (read: not me) don’t have to relearn anything to do the things I struggle to do. They learned it that way the first time, and they don’t know any other way to do it. Does this take away some of their options? Maybe. Do they care? Probably not. Does it make me feel stupid when one of them says, “Why don’t you just…?” Absolutely. But I do think the education system is on the edge, and that if we mishandle things here by not revamping, we could put the nail in the coffin. Embracing creativity is never comfortable, especially when you have to surrender control to do it (something I have to be forced kicking and screaming to do). But with proper guidance, this thing IS doable. Also good to see that the authors are not equating accessability with literacy, and recognizing the ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots here. Putting a laptop in the hands of a student does not give that student the skills to produce quality work. As teachers, we will always be needed–just in different ways…


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ashleigh Wade
    Jul 16, 2010 @ 00:15:09

    “Embracing creativity is never comfortable” … well said 🙂 Interesting thoughts … I read those articles a little differently … being somewhat of a “digital native” myself instead of wanting to jump full force into this movement (with a computer mouse in both hands, none-the-less), it sort of scared me … And very much made me think of the movies WALL-E and Surrogates … Are we really as far away from those as we like to think we are? Great thoughts!


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