What is a Digital Native?

As Marc Prensky suggests, there has been an event which has changed things so fundamentally that there is absolutely no going back: the rapid dissemination of digital technology in the last decades of the 20th century. Today's students have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age. Today's students think and process information fundamentally differently because of these experiences. "Different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures, " says Dr. Bruce D. Perry of Baylor College of Medicine.

Introduction to Digital Natives (3:08 min)


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Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants by Mark Prensky
This article first introduced the concept of digital natives and immigrants and is a good place to start. Digital Natives, Immigrants and Foreigners are defined and explained and Prensky throws down the controversial question of who is to change to accommodate the other: the Immigrants or the students?
'Digital Natives' Not Media Savvy...?
This New York Times article discusses a study on Digital Natives and how they use and trust the internet in unsavvy ways. The key discussion points are: Google, Wikipedia, and Media Literacy.