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Research. This article proposes a continuum of ‘Visitors’ and ‘Residents’ as a replacement for Prensky’s much‐criticised Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants.


Challenging the basic premises upon which Prensky constructed his typology, Visitors and Residents fulfil a similar purpose in mapping individuals’ engagement with the Web. We argue that the metaphors of ‘place’ and ‘tool’ most appropriately represent the use of technology in contemporary society, especially given the advent of social media. The Visitors and Residents continuum accounts for people behaving in different ways when using technology, depending on their motivation and context, without categorising them according to age or background.

A wider and more accurate representation of online behaviour is therefore established. ContentsI. DigitalLiteracies.pdf. Students and digital literacy. Using Technology to Enhance Literacy Instruction. This Critical Issue was coauthored by Ann Holum, Ph.D., and Jan Gahala, M.A.

Using Technology to Enhance Literacy Instruction

Holum's doctoral work on the use of interactive media to improve children's story-understanding skills sparked her ongoing interest in integrating technologies in K-12 literacy settings; she currently is an independent educational consultant. Gahala is a technical specialist in NCREL's Communications department. On teaching, reading, writing, and technology. Digital natives & immigrants.

OR: Digital natives or immigrants? Can we please move on? Photo by Nico Cavallotto Times they are a-changing. Nothing new there. Digital Literacy. Digital divide and social media: Connectivity doesn’t end the digital divide, skills do. Whether we like it or not, we live in a very unequal and stratified world.

Digital divide and social media: Connectivity doesn’t end the digital divide, skills do.

We live in societies in which inequality is ignored in education, science, and in the social media. As Internet technologies are rapidly evolving and new digital divides on the Internet emerge, we must move beyond, at some point, a singular concern over Internet access and technological infrastructure issues. We must tackle socio-cultural differences, we must focus on Internet skills, literacies and social media usage.

Recently I finished a study on social inequalities from an Internet perspective (to be published next year) where I examined moving beyond digital inequalities in the context of the technological infrastructure and Internet access. Digital Literacy. Home. Digital literacy campaign – we need your help. Starting this afternoon and running all this week, the Guardian will be launching a new campaign to improve the teaching of computer science and information technology in schools and universities – and we need your help.

Digital literacy campaign – we need your help

Tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday we will be running live Q&As with teachers, lecturers and experts from technology companies such as Google and Microsoft. The first Q&A will take place tomorrow from 12-2pm featuring Steve Beswick of Microsoft and Martin Harvey of e-skills UK – click here from tomorrow morning to read it and take part. We want teachers, students, lecturers, developers and IT professionals to give their views on the teaching of IT and computer science. What is going wrong – and what can we do to improve the situation? Information fluency model. Common Core State Standards Mapped to Information Fluency Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically.

information fluency model

DIF involves knowing how digital information is different from print information; having the skills to use specialized tools for finding digital information; and developing the dispositions needed in the digital information environment. As teachers and librarians develop these skills and teach them to students, students will become better equipped to achieve their information needs. Locating Information Efficiently - What Information Am I Looking For? - Where Will I Find the Information? Universities must rethink their approach to student digital literacy. It's all about the conversation: Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Facebook f8 Developer Conference at the San Francisco Design Center.

Universities must rethink their approach to student digital literacy

Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images The digital domain is a space for conversations based on shared values. What digital literacies? Our digital natives are immigrating. By Karl Ochsner, Ed.D. Read more by eSchool News Contributor As technology changes, so do digital languages. Marc Prensky eloquently coined the metaphor of the “digital immigrant” to define an adult who has “immigrated” into the use of technology.

This is opposed to a “digital native” who has grown up with and surrounded by technology from their conception. According to Prensky, these digital natives are more fluent and more accepting of technology than older generations who, from old habits, use technology less frequently and less eloquently than our younger successors. Open University research explodes myth of 'digital native' Gerald Haigh visits his alma mater to learn that a good attitude to technology correlates with good learning habits Is there a digital native?

Open University research explodes myth of 'digital native'

Not according to new Open University research A new research project by the Open University explores the much-debated concept of “the digital native”. The university does this by making full use of the rich resource which is its own highly diverse student body. Digitalliteracypaper. Digital literacy « Coherence of the inchoate. Digital Literacy: Are the new technologies changing the way we read and write? Albin Wallace Abstract This paper discusses critically whether the new technologies are changing the ways in which we read and write, and examines some of the important issues raised by this possibility for teaching policy and practice. It makes reference to key theorists and draws upon primary, multi-media and other texts to substantiate the argument. As the Group ICT Director of the United Learning Trust, I have strategic responsibility for the educational use of ICT across all our schools and academies, and the implications of digital literacy are key to our decision-making on learning and teaching, especially in the context of reading and writing.

The paper examines literacy broadly as a social practice and in some further detail as a digital phenomenon.