Digital Native? Immigrant? Visitor? Resident?

Another PBS Idea Channel video to share:

Published on Dec 11, 2013
Is there such a thing as a "DIGITAL NATIVE"? Some experts have suggested a clear divide between "digital native" (the Millennial tech experts) and "digital immigrant" (older generations introduced to technology later in life). The young NATIVES have had technology change the way they think and the way their brain works, while older folk are stuck playing catch-up. But is that fair? Can someone innately understand technology? Is it even a good idea to define people as natives vs immigrants? Watch the episode and find out!

Read Marc Prensky's articles and essays if you're interested.

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by OllieBray

If you'd like to think further, watch this video:


Do you think that the video below, from Dave White,  might be a better description of the spectrum of technology users? 

Published on May 31, 2013
Understanding how individuals engage with the web. 
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At the end of the video, Mr. White says 

"So, that’s the Visitor-Resident Principle. And I think what I’d say, overall, about it, is that it’s not about academic or technical skills; it’s about culture and motivation. And, to me, that is a much healthier emphasis than maybe we’ve seen over previous years, where we’re not focusing primarily on the technology, but we’re looking at how people approach the technology; and, as I say, not in a skills basis and not in an age basis, either, but in terms of their motivation. And I’d ask whether we’re moving into a kind of a post-digital, post-technical space, because the technology itself is working quite well and there’s an awful lot of it; and most of the really substantive challenges that we face, appear to be socio-cultural rather than, particularly, technological.

"And this brings into question what things like digital literacy and digital skills might actually mean. Obviously, at one level, you do need to know how to just literally engage with the technology and which buttons to press; but perhaps that shouldn’t be our primary focus in terms of the way people engage with online spaces or online tools, depending on whether you’re a visitor or a resident." (source)