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?

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)

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)

Study in Finland shows link between school burnout and excessive internet use

When I first read the title of the press release, some alarm bells started ringing. First: the concept of school burnout seemed invented, but a search proved me wrong. Still, it’s kind of a relatively “newish” concept. Secondly: internet addiction is often used as concept, but too often without a real – read clinical –… Read More Study in Finland shows link between school burnout and excessive internet use

Study shows: technology is no substitute for everyday student engagement and collaboration

The next couple of years we can expect more technological innovations, also in education. Google card board? Oculus rift? An evolution of MOOC’s? Time will tell (or Gartner will try to predict). Technology has changed a lot, also in education. But… does this mean that all will be different? No, those so-called digital natives (no,… Read More Study shows: technology is no substitute for everyday student engagement and collaboration