Are you a ‘digital native’?
A distinction is often made between those who have grown up entirely in the internet-connected world (the so-called ‘digital natives’) and those who started to use the internet as adults (the so-called ‘digital immigrants’).
Look at the descriptions of digital natives and digital immigrants below.
Which description fits you better?
- You prefer receiving information quickly from multiple multimedia sources.
- You like to do lots of different tasks at the same time.
- You prefer to get your information from pictures, sounds and video rather than from texts.
- You like to click on hyperlinks to jump to new information.
- You like to interact with lots of other people.
- You like to acquire new information the moment you need it.
- You prefer instant rewards.
- You prefer slow and controlled release information from limited sources.
- You like to do one task at a time.
- You prefer to get your information from text rather than from pictures, sounds and video.
- You like information to be presented in a logical sequential order.
- You like to work on your own.
- You like to acquire new information in case one day you will need it.
- You like to wait for your rewards.
Which description fits you better? Do you think your answers reflect:
- Your own individual personality?
- Your level of experience with Web 2.0 technology?
- A mixture of both?
Do your answers reveal anything about:
- How you prefer to find information about words?
- The kind of dictionaries that you like to use?
- How willing you would be to contribute to crowdsourced and/or collaborative dictionaries?
Bessenyei, I., (2008). Learning and teaching in the information society. Elearning 2.0 and connectivism. Information Society, R. Pinter (Ed), Ed. Gondolat, 9, pp.1-14.
This article, about eLearning 2.0 and Connectivism, gives a fuller account of how Web 2.0 has enabled learners to form their own online learning communities.
Next in Step 1.12 we will look in more detail at Wikipedia, a collaborative dictionary, and Urban Dictionary, a crowdsourced dictionary.
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