[Air-L] So-called Digital Natives - interesting newspaper article

mhward mhward at usyd.edu.au
Tue Jan 20 19:05:06 PST 2009

Christopher Scanlon hasn't done much research on this. A simple google
search would have told him that there has been a lot of work done in
Australia on the concept of 'digital natives'. Most notably, Gregor Kennedy
from Melbourne Uni has been leading a funded study on this concept - just
completed, I think. Here's a link to one abstract:
and here's one to a very recent article:


On 21/01/09 12:27 PM, "Robert Ackland" <robert.ackland at anu.edu.au> wrote:

> The following article in The Australian newspaper may be of interest to
> members of this list:
> "The natives aren't quite so restless"
> by Christoper Scanlon
> http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24939539-25192,00.html
> An interesting look at the existence of so-called "digital natives", and
> implications for teaching technology at universities.
> An excerpt from the article:
> "Despite the hype about digital natives' technological skills, the
> reality is that most students don't come to class with technological
> knowledge pre-installed. The question is, why is there such a divergence
> between claims about digital natives and the realities of the classroom?
> The answer is partly a matter of class, commercial interest and confusion."

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