69 Replies Latest reply on Nov 22, 2011 8:46 AM by kwerner5

    Are you a Digital Native?

    vkajones

      As you attend many conferences, webinars and trainings, you may often hear the phrase words “Digital Natives” and “Digital Immigrants” What is the difference between a Digital Native and a Digital Immigrant? How do DNs learn? Take this survey and see where you rank as being a Digital Native and then share your thoughts about your ranking and what a typical school day looks like for a Digital Native.

       

      http://www.nhk.or.jp/digitalnative/en.html

       

      The above link no longer works, but here is another quiz similar

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          glen_w

          Vanessa,

           

          I am SO excited that I scored 85% digital native. Considering my age, I was expecting a score of below 50%. I'm confident that age is NOT the only requirement - this seems more about the comfort level an individual has using digital technology. I think the best vote of being a digital native came from my son when he said "Dad you are NOT like other teachers. You get technology and how it is used." I then thought ... there may be hope for me yet.

           

          I challenge all the Intel Teach Senior Trainers to take the Digital Native test. It is fun and the questions do cause you to think about your own ideas regarding Technology.

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            julesfischy

            I am a bit bummed- I only scored a 75% - but I still like reading the newspaper- it doesn't mean that I don't follow the news online- but there is nothing like reading the Sunday paper- lounging on the couch with a  cup of coffee.

             

            I definitely know that my own children are true digital natives- I know that if there is something that I really need an answer to - to text them because they will respond faster than if I call them or ask them in person. They are also multi-taskers.  They can really handle several things going on at once. I was helping out in my daughter's 5th grade classroom regarding research on the different biomes it is amazing all that they can do and the places that kids take laptops to work.  I really think that being a digital native challenges a teacher to think about how they will organize and manage their classroom so they can best facilitate learning. I can't wait to see how others do.

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                vkajones

                I was really bummed also about my score. I really thought I was Ms. “Digital Native.” We are planning summer training in our district and the focus is on how our Digital Native students learn. I thought it would be a good idea to actually get some real "digital native" students to come in and discuss how they learn and communicate with their peers. It would be like a panel discussion where the teachers could ask questions the students (experts) question. I still have to convince my co-workers to do this.

                 

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                tdiener

                Hummmm...I scored a disappointing 65. I thought I'd do better than that! Interesting site, I'll have to spend more time at the website and view the videos.

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                  At the centre of this notion of "digital native" or "digital immigrant" is a way of working and learning in the 21st century. It spans more than just a generational gap or differences between groups of people. A way of working and thinking is attached to the idea of lifelong learning.....thus overcoming a generational argument of engage me or enrage me. As educators or lifelong learners our heads need to be in this space as it links two very important concepts:

                  1. Using digital pedagogies to enhance teaching and learning.

                  2. Engaging students in 21st century text construction.

                   

                  What do you think?

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                    DIGITAL IMIGRANTS.jpg

                    "still use the old way of doing with new tools !" It 's not easy to change.

                     

                    Marcel Lebrun is not a digital native at all, but he has a lot to teach.

                    One of his book : eLearning for teaching and learning applies the synthesis of two approaches

                    (technology and pedagogy) to the last development in educational technologies : eLearning.

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                      tdiener

                      I'm sure most of you have seen the very amusing Intel video I Remember. It inspired me to create my own I remember video (I used it in a YouTube workshop I was giving.) Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suXlt3ZIyjU

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                        shanmangin

                        I scored a 70.  I don't have my own blog, although I read others.  I still prefer talking on a cell phone rather than texting, and I don't meet "friends" or dates online, which also lowered my score.


                        I like this survey.  I teach several workshops for Technology Facilitators and administrators on digital natives vs. digital immigrants, and this would be a fun activity to have them complete.

                         

                        A typical school day for a Digital native would unfortunately involve shutting off their laptops, cell phones, ipods, etc. before entering school or leaving them at home.  Then, using them again after school to do all the things mentioned in the survey.  I just taught a workshop at one of our districts, and I couldn't open my wikisite that had all my training materials and presentation because they've blocked almost all collaborative websites - blogs, wikis, etc.  They've agreed to unblock that one site - just to get the training materials...

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                            tdiener

                            Ahhhhhh web filters...they're killers!

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                              glen_w

                              I did three presentations at state conferences this year. The first thing I had to do before either of these was ask where I could learn what sites would be blocked. This is not something I've had to deal with a lot before, but I find it is very common now. My district has one of the strictest firewalls in the state. I'm glad that my district technology specialist is one of my close friends. If I need a site unblocked and can justify it for educational purposes, he works to get it unblocked. (It, however, comes with a challenge - I may have to wait for weeks before it is unblocked.)

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                              I scored 75% and I am thrilled. I thought I was a Technology immigrant and that’s how I introduce myself to everybody. I was expecting my score to be around 55%

                               

                              Well, not bad for  a person who started using computers just 9 years ago!

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                                  I am with you Ratan,  I anticiipated being much lower than the 75%, I scored.

                                   

                                  However, I must add, I owe my naturalization into the Digital World to the Intel Teach Programs.

                                   

                                  Yes, I used collabortive docs, but not a bit user of Web 2.0 tools as I am now.  OK, so I am still slow to texting, I like to hear people's voices; I don't blog, but do post to others, just not very regularly; and I don't watch TV, therefore don't record anthing.  I guess, there is no way I will ever achieve 100% native.

                                    • Re: Are you a Digital Native?
                                      glen_w

                                      Lillian,

                                       

                                      Like you, I think I must give credit for much of my digital success coming as a result of the Intel Teach program. I, however, differ in my use of text messaging. I've found my children would rather text and I have two choices: I can participate with them or have a more minimal contact with them. I have chosen to text. In fact, I now would rather send a text message than make a phone call most of the time. (The reason is that individuals may respond on their own time instead of feeling pressed to answer the phone at my convenience.) I decided I was succeeding when my son texted me back telling me that I was close to the same texting response as his friends. I will also never make the 100% as there are digital activities I am never involved in doing. My goal is to become more comfortable in working with Digital Natives so they will work with me in my classroom.

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                                    vkajones

                                    I also owe much of my tech knowledge to the Intel Teach programs. Even in the very beginning I always felt so ahead of the game.   My school district is just now starting to include in our IPGs (Individual Planning Guides) Essential Questions and Overarching ideas and a mandatory entry.  I’ve been pushing this for years. The great part about it is that the hundreds of teachers that have been trained in the Intel Teach programs in my district feel so ahead of the program.

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                                        sshott

                                        I have found that many of us who took any of the Teach courses are often way ahead of the pack - interesting as we think about all the tech tools in our courses - especially Essentials and TEO, we are getting pushback that "teachers aren't ready" or "districts aren't ready" - we heard that when we introduced Teach 10 years ago - but yes, bottom line - we are ahead of the pack.

                                        And even though I am not a kid, and I am not a "digital native" I am a digital "adult"  - or a "digidult" - it is a part of my life - very seamless (oh, hate that word- LOL)

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                                            glen_w

                                            I like the title "digidult" - I'm comfortable being called that. I'm not sure if you coined the term or not, but you get the credit from me. I agree totally that Intel Teach helped me and many others get ahead of the game. I'm hoping I can continue to try to stay at the front of the game and not become complacent. I also hope those I've trained will work to implement what they have learned to become "digidults."

                                             

                                            I'm having success helping three other teachers at my school become "digidults" as they implement Web 2.0 tools into their teaching. I've heard student comments about their classes and know the impact is spreading.

                                             

                                            What successes are you seeing in helping teachers become "digidults?"

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                                                sshott

                                                Ha, never thought about it - but I just made up the term - not sure if others have used it before me (probably) but I will take credit cause I haven't seen it used before - LOL!!!

                                                I am seeing lots of successes around the world with teachers becoming digidults - our evaluations show us that. Some are going small steps - but we know that a small step could become a big leap - and I think that is more and more what we will see - especially as the kids are so tech-savvy- teachers, with the right scaffolding and training - will take the leap.

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                                                    tdiener

                                                    Digidult, a new word for me to use! Thanks. What I see in the Intel courses is that all participants have an a-ha moment(s). Experienced tech teachers see new paths and the newbies see the light. This is the most effective staff development intitiative I know of.

                                            • Re: Are you a Digital Native?
                                              vkajones

                                              Neat video on leaving your Digital Footprints

                                              http://www.digitalnative.org/MediaProjects/DigitalDossier/

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                                                blancaedu

                                                Oh boy Vanessa! I had so much fun taking this survey and then LOL when I read the last question, Did you meet your boyfriend/girlfriend online? I definitely was surprised with my score (80%) because I too thought I would do better. And although I am definitely a texter more than a phone talker, I don't download music on my computer because I just stream it off YouTube or Pandora and I don't read more than 5 blogs a day because I read postings on FB and Twitter which allow me faster access to content. Ah well, I'd like to rewrite some of those questions and skew it better for me!

                                                As for DigiDult - I LOVE IT. I will officially give credit to you sshott and if you don't mind, post it on my FB status just because it sounds very cool. I'd like to take a poll actually. Sounds much more accurate than digital immigrant and digital native - it's for us in-between folk.

                                                The one thing I can say is that my 11 year old is an avid information seeker, and whether it's books or the net or her friends (via SMS), she is lucky in that she has access to information ALWAYS. I saw a video tonight that gave me chills when it talked about technology around the world. It's called:

                                                "If the world was made up of only 100 people, what would it look like?" http://www.miniature-world.com  It's only 3 minutes long but I plan on using it at some of my next presentations. It paints what the world looks like in very simple numbers. I watched it with my 11 year old, and my 10 and 8 year niece and nephew - we watched it twice somewhat in awe.

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                                                  Thanks so much for the link! I was looking for something like this to use in a workshop on Thursday, in which we will discuss digital natives and digital immigrants.

                                                   

                                                  This is a great resource for understanding the "net generation"-

                                                  http://www.educause.edu/educatingthenetgen

                                                   

                                                  Is it Age or Is it IT is a great article in the book!

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                                                    Thanks for the link to the test, Vanessa. I scored a mere 60% but then I don't view movies online or download music.... On the whole I was pleasantly surprised by my score for a "mature" educator.

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                                                      vkajones

                                                      I enjoyed taking the quiz also, but I really  enjoy the responses and explanations from others on why they scored the way they scored.  For some strange reason, I have taken the quiz more than once. Always score basically the same.

                                                       

                                                      Vanessa

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                                                        Great resource, Vanessa.  I'm going to have my digital native daughters take the "quiz" to see how they score compared to me.  I'm also using this resource for a technology task force that I'm facilitating for my state department of education.

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                                                          Bowerman@cox.net

                                                          I am not a digital native according to the survey, but realized like Blanca feel that that there is more to being digitally connected than just the questions posed. I'd consider myself an adaptor or scrounger - as I see things that will help connect me or make my life easier, I use them. When my dad passed away in January, all of my nieces and nephews posted a picture of themselves with my dad on Facebook and shared the news with their friends. Within moments, condolences were arriving and they felt so comforted. With that kind of positive power, I knew I had to join. I thought at first it would be to stay connected with my family, but soon found a way to connect with my colleagues and talk about political activity in our state, which is not permitted through district email. Again, a need arose and social networking was a way to meet the need.On the other hand, although I have a Twitter account, I still find most of it babble, so I don't participate very often.

                                                           

                                                          I stream music through my phone, text my kids, and check the Powerball numbers each week. As I become more aware of great resources online, I bookmark them (thanks to all of you for sharing!) and go back and look at what best meets my needs. Being connected is a wonderful way of life as long as it doesn't take over my life. I'm still trying to find that happy balance. Well, I'm off to see my granddaughters for some F2F time. I'm sure to take lots of pictures, capture some video, post it online, email it to family...

                                                          • Re: Are you a Digital Native?
                                                            vkajones

                                                            I started this post a while back, but came across this article that was published way back in 2001.

                                                             

                                                            Vanessa

                                                            • Apparently not a Digital Native?
                                                              Bonnie Feather

                                                              I already knew I wasn't a DN, but I looked at the quiz just to check it out (fiinally.)  I couldn't even answer most of the questions.  I find I fit in an area not-quite-defined there.  I still like to read a good book, but listen to more of them from my iPod.  I love to cook still, and get lots of recipes online.  And so it goes- I'm a digital transplant, but I love to play with the new technologies!

                                                               

                                                              Just think...someday those like me will be the "missing links."

                                                              • Take the Quiz...How Millennial are you?
                                                                vkajones

                                                                Now that you have identified yourself as a Digital Native or a Digital Immigrant. Take the quiz and see how Millennial you are.

                                                                • Re: Are you a Digital Native?
                                                                  vkajones

                                                                  Here are some more digital native quizzes. There are not as good as the first digital native quiz, but it will give learners a general idea of where they are in the digiral world.

                                                                   

                                                                  Go to Quiz

                                                                  Are you a Digital Native?

                                                                   

                                                                  Vanessa

                                                                  • Re: Are you a Digital Native?
                                                                    vkajones

                                                                    This is the Powerpoint that of the online version. The online quiz is no longer available.

                                                                     

                                                                    Vanessa

                                                                    • Re: Are you a Digital Native?
                                                                      vkajones

                                                                      Cool articles and resources that we are using in my district this summer to demo difference between Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants.

                                                                       

                                                                      http://timwindsor.com/2009/01/02/who-are-the-digital-natives-and-what-do-they-want/

                                                                      http://web.fumsi.com/go/article/use/2971

                                                                      http://www.slideshare.net/hblowers/strategies-for-digital-natives

                                                                      • Re: Are you a Digital Addict?
                                                                        vkajones

                                                                        Here is another Powerpoint that you can either use with your students or other educators.

                                                                         

                                                                        Questions taken from http://www.stockton.edu/~intech/spotlight-digital-denizens.htm

                                                                          • Re: Are you a Digital Addict?
                                                                            tdiener

                                                                            Funny little quiz you provided us with Vanessa! They came up with some amusing titles for tech users, my favorties: Digital recluse and Digital refugee.

                                                                              • Re: Are you a Digital Addict?
                                                                                vkajones

                                                                                I'm glad you liked it. I've started doing these little quizzes before I begin a PD. After they take the quiz I then go around the room and ask how they scored and have them use real life examples of why they think they scored the way they scored. After the PD I then ask them if they think they moved up a level. They always think they have evolved.


                                                                                Vanessa

                                                                            • Re: Are you a Digital Native?
                                                                              vkajones

                                                                              Okay here is another one. Read through the descriptions below and decide which one you are. After you decide, go to the Poll page in Teachers Engage and take the quiz. Come back here and post and let us know why you fit in the category you chose.

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                              Digital  recluse – A  person in this category absolutely refuses to knowingly use electronic  technology. Computers are forbidden in his/her household.

                                                                              Digital  refugee – A  person in this category uses technology unwillingly. S/he may have grown up with  technology or may have been forced to adopt technology as an adult. S/he prefers  hard copy and distrusts electronic resources. S/he may regularly enlist other  for assistance in the use of technology, particularly reducing technology to a  non-electronic form.

                                                                              Digital  immigrant – A  person in this category has willingly traveled to the land of technology.  Although unfamiliar with the full potential of various electronic tools, s/he  holds an underlying belief that technology can be a useful tool, especially for  repetitive tasks. S/he may have grown up with technology or may have adopted  technology as an adult.

                                                                              Digital  native – A  person in this category uses technology in executing a wide variety of tasks and  readily adapts to changes in the tools that s/he uses. S/he may have grown up  with technology or may have adopted technology as an adult.

                                                                              Digital  explorer – A  person in this category pushes electronic tools to the limit and is always on  the lookout for new tools that do more, work faster, and work more  easily.

                                                                              Digital  innovator – A  person in this category doesn’t just look for new technology tools, s/he builds  new tools and/or adapts old tools to new purposes.

                                                                              Digital  addict – A  person in this category is highly dependent upon technology tools. S/he may  become quite distressed when access to technology tools is disrupted

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

                                                                               

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                                                                                  vkajones

                                                                                  I'm total a Digital Addict.  For example, when I go an hour without receiving email, I email myself from one email address to another email account just to make sure my email account is working.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Vanessa

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                                                                                      Vanessa, I think I'm getting to be a Digital Addict.  When my wife and I were on vacation on Maui, I left my computer at home, but, not the cell phone with my Internet access.  I must admit, I also put a few bucks into the computers in the lobby just to "check in".  My wife just laughed at me and told me she know I couldn't stay away for long.

                                                                                       

                                                                                      Neil

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                                                                                      I just took this poll and I think everyone should do it! I was a little surprised that there were many digital explorers. I am a website junkie. Yes....My name is Susan and I collect websites- so thank heavens for social bookmarking sites because it has saved me from the many scraps of paper with links that scattered my desk. I am always on the search for the latest and greatest thing out there. If you find it then please let me know! What category are you?

                                                                                    • It's a Book
                                                                                      vkajones

                                                                                      Whenever I view this trailer of "It's a Book" it reminds me of Digital Natives and how they see the world. Love the book!

                                                                                       

                                                                                      • Re: Are you a Digital Native?
                                                                                        vkajones

                                                                                        I've heard really good things about "Teaching Digital Natives by Marc Prensky.   I haven't read it,yet but I plan on purchasing it.

                                                                                        • Re: Are you a Digital Native?

                                                                                          I uses this quiz with a face to face group of teachers in a web 2.0 workshop. I had them line up on eitherside of the room but allowed for a "middle."

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                                                                                            Wahoo! I am a Digital Native (according to the quiz and despite my age!) I have always had a natural curiosity about how things work and doing things faster and technology is a big part of that. I was visiting a relative a few months ago and said to her I really wish we could keep in touch...you should get an email. She replied, "I thought about it, but I never get on that computer. I even thought about getting on "Spacebook", but that's too much trouble." I knew right then I would just have to keep her phone number in my phone because she would never go digital.

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                                                                                              My Pre-Kindergarten students are digital natives. I put this video montage together to feature the technology tools that they have been using this school year.

                                                                                              http://animoto.com/play/BfAGx3J7pEs1yXFTHBt3MQ

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                                                                                                My wife laughed when she heard what I was doing.  She thought it was ridiculous that I had to take a test to see if I was a digital native.  She texted me from across the room to let me know how ridiculous it was for me to take this test!  Thankfully, I passed the test as a digital native. I am comforted.  If I wasn't a digital native, I guess I would just be a tech addict!

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                                                                                                  I can remember many years ago when my grandmother came to visit and I was on the computer IMing with multiple people and talking with her and my mother.  She could not understand how I could keep all the conversations straight in my head.  After taking this quiz I guess it just came natural to me since the result was that I am a Digital Native!  

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                                                                                                    vkajones

                                                                                                    The following website explains the Digital Natives Project:

                                                                                                    http://borndigitalbook.com/resources.php.  The goal is to support young people as they grow up in this digital  age. The authors believe that “Digital Natives” are all those that have  been born since 1980. This book and website is more textbook like and is  not an easy read but it is loaded with a wealth of information.


                                                                                                    Vanessa

                                                                                                    • Digital Media - New Learners Of The 21st Century
                                                                                                      vkajones

                                                                                                      Program Videos from PBS on Digital Learners: Digital Media - New Learners Of The 21st Century

                                                                                                      Episode: Full Show

                                                                                                      Featuring the foremost thought leaders,  innovators and practitioners in the field, Digital Media is a startling  preview of a 21st Century education revolution.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      New Learners of the 21st Century

                                                                                                      New Learners of the 21st Century- Extended interview with  Dr. James Gee

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      • Digital Natives vs Digital Immigrants...Do they really think differently
                                                                                                        vkajones

                                                                                                        Good read about the difference between digital natives and digital immigrants. Many of the things we already know about. Nice to see if put in print.

                                                                                                        • Re: From a 3-year old's perspective
                                                                                                          vkajones

                                                                                                          A three year old explains what it means to be a digital native.

                                                                                                           

                                                                                                           

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                                                                                                              I would have been a Digital Immigrants, but luckily I have always been a keen learner since my teens. I am a habitual book reader. It doesn't matter what kind of book it is, but it should be about computer, Telecommunication, Scientifc development or about personality development or at least something motivational.

                                                                                                              I am 45 years of age, born before 1980 but still I dont feel mysel a Digital Immigrant, I feel and behave like a Digital Native. The reason behind, is that I have to remain updated if I want to deliver something positive to my children. I am a teacher by profession and teaching is actually my passion. So, I have to remain in touch with all the latest technology updates.Thanks for sharing this video to remind me what shoul I do. 

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                                                                                                              I facilitated a Pre Service Intel Teach Essential course,and introduced the sheet 1, the graph was made and many teachers who declared them selves digital immigrant moved to digital native .So i think this is an achievement of the course.

                                                                                                              • What is a Digital Native?
                                                                                                                vkajones

                                                                                                                “A digital native is a person who was born after the general implementation of digital technology, and, as a result, has a familiarity with digital technology such as computers, the Internet, mobile phones and MP3s over their whole lives. A digital immigrant is an individual who was born before the existence of digital technology and adopted it to some extent later.”– “Digital native” (2008)

                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                Besides the examples listed in this thread, what are other ways you have seen students and teachers be a digital native?

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                                                                                                                  Even though it says I am a digital native, I was a digital immigrant up until I started technology courses in graduate school.  I made my first ppt in 2004, not so long ago.  I am proof that you could change.  Here is a good article my friend uses in her course about this very topic http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/prensky%20-%20digital%20natives,%20digital%20immigrants%20-%20part1.pdf