Digital natives versus digital immigrants?

July 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Digital natives

Like receiving information quickly from multiple media sources.
Like parallel processing and multi-tasking.
Like processing pictures, sounds and video before text.
Like random access to hyperlinked multimedia information.
Like to network with others.
Like to learn “just in time”.

Digital immigrants
Like slow and controlled release of information from limited sources.
Like singular processing and single or limited tasking.
Like processing text before pictures, sounds and video.
Like to receive information linearly, logically and sequentially.
Like to work independently.
Like to learn “just in case”.

From How the Google generation thinks differently.  (Don’t bother reading the entire article—too much blah, blah, blah.)  I think these lists provide just another way of explaining the difference between Visual Spatial and Sequential Auditory learning preferences, and also different ways to approach different tasks and subjects.  Success in one area depends on choosing the optimum mode for what you are trying to achieve at the time, balancing the benefits of each approach with your goals.  What do you think?

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