Whitby on Digital Natives

DIGITAL NAIVETY: The always insightful Mr. Tom Whitby addresses the lack of agreement on what constitutes “technology." He argues that while the ineffective use of technology in education results from a learning gap, the definition of new technology in education suffers from an age gap -- that technology is often defined by what comes along during a person's lifetime. That suggests smartphones, tablet computers, social media, and the like are not “new technologies” for today's students who have little or no understanding of the predecessors -- land lines, magazines and phone books -- but expected amenities. There are a lot of great analogies here that support Mr. Whitby but look no further than this video if you really need convincing.

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