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Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants or Digital Foreigners?
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, , University of the Free State, South Africa

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

'Digital Natives' and 'Digital Immigrants' are two terms coined to distinguish between current students who grew up in the digital age, using technology as part of their daily routines, and the older generation of lecturers who have to adapt to the way in which these students function (Prensky, 2001). The situation in South Africa, with its legacy of unequal education opportunities, has resulted in the fact that many students now enrolled at tertiary institutions have not necessarily been exposed to technological tools and toys. What is the best way to approach the problem of addressing the technological backlog within the shortest space of time? This paper looks at a group of first year economics students in their first semester at the University of the Free State in an exploratory study on the experiences of digital immigrants who have to learn a digital lifestyle.

Citation

Thomas, K. & Thomas, H. (2006). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants or Digital Foreigners?. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 361-366). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 23, 2019 from .

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