Digital natives or digital immigrants (or neither)?

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Digital technologies are often seen as a means of (re)connecting schools and teachers with disaffected and disengaged learners. Commentators argue that digital technologies can create opportunities for digital-based creativity and collaboration that appeal more to ‘digital natives’ who have grown up in a world of computers, the internet and mobile telephony. In this sense, the use of new tools can bridge the fast-growing ‘digital disconnect’ between students and their education institutions.

To what extent do you agree with these claims? Would you describe yourself as a digital native, a digital immigrant or neither? How engaged or disengaged do you feel with your current university?

Blog etiquette

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This class blog has been created as a space for sharing ideas, reflecting and learning together. It is important that we all understand how to use the blog in an effective and respectful way.

You are welcome to create your own blog posts where you can make suggestions, reflect on your learning, share resources etc. Please do not copy and paste content directly from the web but create your own entries. Also try to keep your posts short and to the point and please do not exceed 400 words.

Also, please proofread your posts and comments before you submit them. Although this is an informal learning space you are requested to check for spelling mistakes and use appropriate language.

I am looking forward to reading your contributions and comments.

Welcome

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Hello and welcome to this blog!

The aim of this blog is to explore the impact of digital technology use on society and education. Apart from looking at a range of issues concerning education and technology from a more theoretical perspective, you are also encouraged to experiment with a range of tools during the year and this blog is one of them. I look forward to reading your contributions and getting to know everyone better.

Anastasia