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ELearning and Digital Cultures

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Colin Hynson

on 26 February 2013

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Transcript of ELearning and Digital Cultures

The Digital Native and the Digital Immigrant:
Not Just a Generational Divide In Week 1 we were directed to an article by Marc
Prensky called "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants" Prensky argued that there is a 'digital divide'
between the generations that is causing a mis-understanding between pupils and teachers. This is the link to the article:

http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/prensky%20-%20digital%20natives,%20digital%20immigrants%20-%20part1.pdf But is there another divide when it
comes to 'digital natives' and 'digital immigrants'? Start by comparing these two images:
one is a 19th century classroom in England
and the other is a modern English classroom. Now compare these two images:
the first one shows a missionary school in Uganda
in early 20th century and the second shows a contemporary rural classroom in Southern Africa. Now compare these two maps:
one shows worldwide literacy levels
and the second shows worldwide internet usage. What technological changes are there between the British and African classrooms? Questions to ask Is there a link (either as a cause or correlation) between literacy levels and internet usage? From a technological determinist viewpoint, how will the digital divide affect the way developed and developing societies change and view each other? From Week 1 J. Daniels' speech to UNESCO touches on appropriate technologies for education in poorer countries. This is the link to the speech:

http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=5909&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html Perhaps this is one way forward? Are the 'digital natives' in the developed world and the 'digital immigrants' in the developing world?
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