New article by Paul Kirschner & me: The myths of the digital native and the multitasker

Paul Kirschner and yours truly just got a new article published in Teaching and Teacher Education on 2 common myths in education: the digital native and the multitasker. You can read it for free here (until Aug. 4) The highlights: Information-savvy digital natives do not exist. Learners cannot multitask; they task switch which negatively impacts learning.… Read More New article by Paul Kirschner & me: The myths of the digital native and the multitasker

Digital native fallacy: Teachers still know better when it comes to using technology (new study)

It’s a recurring theme on this blog and I’ve just finished a paper as second author on the topic with Paul Kirschner. This new study confirms all the studies we’ve checked for our paper: adults know digital better than kids. From the press release (bold by me): Members of today’s younger Net Generation aren’t more… Read More Digital native fallacy: Teachers still know better when it comes to using technology (new study)

Research: are there digital native students in Asia?

I found this research at the University of Hong Kong by David M. Kennedy and Bob Fox through Net Gen Skeptic. There haven’t been that much research on digital skills that left the VS or Europe. The paper concludes that digital natives exist, but with some important nuances. In Digital natives’: An Asian perspective for using learning technologies,… Read More Research: are there digital native students in Asia?

Please refrain from the use of digital native (again)

Prenzky doesn’t use it anymore. Research has shown over and over again that it isn’t true, but people keep on calling young people digital natives. Well, some more (literature) research by Erika Smith (University of Alberta) giving arguments to stop doing this (HT @wrubens). She sees 8 claims in the digital natives discourses for which… Read More Please refrain from the use of digital native (again)

Do ‘digital natives’ need another kind of instructional design than boomers or GenX? Guess what?

First of all, for everybody who thinks that digital natives exist, do read this. But the real question is if different generations need different forms of instructional design. Many people do think this is the case, but what does research says? Jeroen Janssen (@J3ro3J) tweeted this review by professor Thomas Reeves yesterday and although there… Read More Do ‘digital natives’ need another kind of instructional design than boomers or GenX? Guess what?

You want to use the concept of the digital native? Just don’t (research)

It’s a concept we all know and that makes a lot of sense to many of us, the concept of Digital Natives (and digital immigrants). Prensky coined this concept already in 2001 and it spread like wildfire. It’s used as an argument for many changes. “Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer… Read More You want to use the concept of the digital native? Just don’t (research)

Learning a native language? That’s 1.5 MB… (But still robots won’t be able to do it that good fast)

This study has more to it than the fun fact in the title of this post. But it does seem to be something you’d share in a conversation, that …from infancy to young adulthood, learners absorb approximately 12.5 million bits of information about language — about two bits per minute — to fully acquire linguistic… Read More Learning a native language? That’s 1.5 MB… (But still robots won’t be able to do it that good fast)