digital migrants / digital natives
Digital Natives

related: education, learning, literacy, social web

Digital native = A person for whom digital technologies already existed when they were born, and hence has grown up with digital technology such as computers, the Internet, mobile phones and MP3s.
- Wikipedia

Some Background

Ron Mader: Presentations I made in New Zealand in 2007 set me on the road of understanding the new digital divide - that which separates the natives from the migrants. These presentations highlighted the value of the social web was well-received by the under 40 crowd who understood the value of the new interactive web as a critical tool in developing effective conservation and tourism. They, in turn, introduced me to the concept of 'Digital Natives' and afterward I began to find links to Generation Y.

Confused? I am. These terms draw a lot of naysayers. I find myself on more comfortable turf when I address the challenge of raising digital literacy. Here we find ourselves -- all of us -- on the learning curve. And if we can articulate outcomes we'd like to achieve, then becoming literate in the digital realm requires collaboration of the kind that connects us all (without having to identify as natives or migrants).

Migrants remember the 12 and 20 image rolls of film. Natives enjoy an all-you-can-photograph smorgasboard.

Teaching people - and particularly young people - how to take a lot of photos and deleting 90% is the challenge in the digital age of photography


We recommend the creation of activities such as photo safaris that encourage information sharing among people of different ages and with different technical abilities.

Digital Literacy #NetHui Our biggest challenge in digital literacy is moving organizations to a position where they can work with the community that is digitally enabled.

Buzzword Bingo: Digital Migrant
Buzzword Bingo: Digital Native

recommended listening

The myth of multitasking
The digital classroom
I scream, you scream, we all scream for screen time: peering through the eyes of digital natives - Analog parents and digital kids - the new generation gap and how to bridge it.


The Machine is Us/ing Us
Ten C's - Michael Fox

Digital Natives
Digital natives in the classroom - EET
Digital natives blog
Digital tools for digital students - Apple
Digital native - Wikipedia
Digital native
Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants - Timothy VanSlyke
Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants - Marc Prensky (PDF)

Generation Y

Generation Y - Wikipedia
Generation Y's goal? Wealth and fame - USA Today
Generation Y - Business Week
NZ rugby 'losing men from Generation Y'


Generation C

GenC - Delicious
Ch-ch-changes - Idealog
Generation C -Wikipedia
Generation C - Trendwatching
Ten C's - Michael Fox