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Digital Native?

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The last course of my program, titled Literacy Learning as Social Practice, is going to be terrific.   A book for the course is one that I might have bought on my own – Lankshear and Knobel (2006),  Digital Literacies: Everyday Practices and Classroom Learning.  Among the issues posed this week was the difference between digital natives – individuals who have grown up in the personal computing age, and digital immigrants – typically older than 35 and uncomfortable with computer technology and the new social spaces that have been created.

I am old enough that I learned to use a slide rule in high school chemistry.   I learned to program using paper punchcards including assignments that were programs to format text for printing – a rudimentary word processor.   I remember when personal computers had a drive for a program disk and one for a data disk BUT no hard drive.   I remember the first time I saw VisiCalc run on an IBM PC and watched a number in a formula matrix change instantly because another number had changed – the first spreadsheet program.

I fall into the age category of a digital immigrant but as someone who has been there since Commodore 64 and TRS-80 computers were the state-of-the-art, I am more than comfortable – some might say addicted.   One of our class projects is to investigate a Web 2.0 technology in which we have not previously participated.   Most of the Web 2.0 technologies suggested on the syllabus were included in my list of literacy events over the last 24 hours.   None of the ones left on the list intrigued me.

Then I came across this post about the use of laptops in the classroom written by Dean Groom.    He is an “educator of educators” specializing in technology who writes one of my favorite blogs.   In that post, he stated that educators should, “Use Diigo as a forum, a learning management system and an exercise book!” – everyday!  What I have learned about Diigo is fascinating, it seems to be a combination of Facebook, Google Groups, Wikispaces, Diig, Google Reader, and more – with the predominant feature being the sharing of bookmarks.  At least that is how I understand it so far – stay tuned.

I love an adventure and am grateful that my cyberspaces include educators from all over the world.


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