#Change11 #CCK12 Are there gaps in digital generations?

Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for the link on the views of digital natives. A lot to think about the dichotomy: visitors versus residents & digital immigrants versus natives .

Ana says in her post on the Web generation – a re-visit:

What constitutes being a netizen may vary according to one’s perspective and degree of online participation – as in relation to other issues, one always needs to consider the context, points of reference and remember that everything is relative. In other words, some may be considered netizens because they produce and participate actively in social media,  whereas others may restrict their online experience to consuming what has been produced, emailing and participating in social networks.

How would people view “netizens”? Internet to the “natives” may be a place they were born and lived with. But even then some (in under-developed world, or developing countries) are less fortunate than others (in developed world), due to access, poverty, skills, cultures etc. These issues are not open and transparent due to complicated reasons – power, authorities and unavailability of statistics (facts and data), so there are many assumptions in developing those taxonomy or dichotomies – on natives versus migrants or residents versus visitors, especially in under-developed or developing countries, and the citizens there. The need of education of the different generations in the use of internet and associated technology, in certain developed countries could be markedly different from those in other developing countries, where basic, traditional education is still practiced. Is netizens then be a challenge for those people living without access to technology and internet? The urge for equity in education (adult and higher education), personalized learning using technology may be a catalyst for educational reforms and transformation, but there are economical implications when it comes to educational policy and directions.

My interpretation of the article was that younger net generation (the digital natives) has certain expectations and values that seem to be different from those of other generations, the older generation in particular. Such generation gap could create immense tension, from a societal and educational point of view. For instance, freedom of speech, freedom of access to information and to culture, and the concept of openness, would be viewed as the basis of a democratic society. But what about the reality in many communities or networks around the globe? Are there any resistances to changes in the acceptance of openness, diversity? The gen divide: Gen X, Y, post 90s, 2000’s etc. would be interpreted differently when it comes to Netizens, especially due to the difference between the haves and haves not (in terms of developed infrastructure vs un-developed ones) and the use of mobiles, apparently ubiquitous in many of the countries like Africa, China and India, is still subject to certain constraints, due to numerous factors, in their access to certain websites, internet etc. The use of mobiles – like the telephones revolution in the last century, might be promising as an educational and learning tool, but is rather limiting in a formal institutional setting. Why? Mobiles are NOT allowed in a lot of schools, and are considered a distraction to formal teaching, from the traditional educational school philosophy. Mobiles on the other hand could be the FUTURE of education as the research reveals, and this may require a lot of structural changes in order to fully exploit its affordance.

Postscript: An interesting video on Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants

Pictures: Google Image


13 thoughts on “#Change11 #CCK12 Are there gaps in digital generations?

  1. Hi John,

    First of all, thank you for referring to my post! I think it’s an important issue because personally I think the debate around digital native/digital immigrant is stale and out-dated. Yes, there are generational differences but there always have been. Today’s generational differences are no different from the past except that they are more global because of the internet; there is more global influence among the younger generations (for better and worse as the case may be). Having said that, there is also more communication and mutual influences among older generations as well.

    True, there is a divide between the haves/have nots and I think that it is growing instead of diminishing due to the financial/political situation around the world. Nevertheless, people today know that they have a right to a voice and will use the internet to contact the world.

    Mobile learning? :-))) Many changes still to come :-))

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  5. Hi Ana,
    I agree with your points, that there has always been generational differences. I have posted a video about Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants in the Postscript. From this http://www.slideshare.net/geethanarayanan1/beyond-rhetoric-to-resurgence-and-resonance by Geetha, I reflected on the significance of using an experiential, authentic life approach towards teaching arts and integrating excursions, observations, hands-on crafts, and story telling to explore the human mind and spirits, and the “truths” of the world. This is different from the western use of technology in communication and socialising.
    I sense that such approach was based on pedagogy around human’s curiosity to learn, and to interact with each others and the environment, in order to understand better about our identity in a community and the identity of the community itself. This is likely in alignment with the “traditional values” of education, where cognition, metacognition of individuals are encouraged through group activities in a school setting, with teachers as the sage.
    Such approach may not necessarily need a lot of technology (one computer per child is too expensive, and so a mobile may be a better option), but even then would be a challenge, as students in those under-developed or developing countries may not have the luxury to possess those technologies, or access to the technologies.
    As you said: “people today know that they have a right to a voice and will use the internet to contact the world.” Our purpose of education is to support our generation in understanding that and to learn how to learn in this digital era. What else?

  6. Hi Ana,
    This posthttp://cyberpopblog.com/teaching/another-nail-in-the-lecture-coffin/ sounds interesting. This again relates to the needs and expectations of the younger students (digital natives).

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  8. Gracias por el post y el video. Muy clarificador. Claramente hay un mundo de diferencia entre cómo mis hijos enfrentan la tecnología a como yo la enfrento ( pese a ser una profesional de la informática). Para mí es algo a lo que me ido adaptando, para ellos es parte de su entorno natural.

    English translation: Thanks for the post and video. Very enlightening. Clearly there is a world of difference between how my children face the technology as I face (despite being a computer professional). For me it is something that I have adapted to them is part of their natural environment.

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