The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, December 4, 2009

Podcast ~ Technology Use In and Out of School

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Most students these days have access to a variety of "basic tools or digital containers for managing content" (November, 2008)  Students are considered to be "digital natives" (Prensky, 2001) because not only do they use technology, they use a variety of digital tools, are extremely confortable using them, and are "good at multi-tasking" (McHale, 2008) while using technology.  It is evident from listening to this podcast that the students speaking, are indeed "digital natives".  These students were randomly picked and are not associated with each other at school, but they all have something in common, and that is the technology they use, the amount of time they use it, and how they use it.  Another similiarity is that all three interviewees state that they spend very little time using technology in school.  Thus proving that there is a widening gap between technology used at home and in schools."  (Miners & Pascopella, 2007)

McHale, T. (2008). Portrait of a digital native. Technology & Learning. Retrieved from
November, A. (2008). Banning student 'containers'. Technology & Learning. Retrieved from

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon, 9(5).

Miners, Z., & Pascopella, A. (2007). The new literacies.  District Administration, 43(10), 26-34. Used by permission.

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