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Digital Immigrants Unite! an article by Bill Ferriter the Tempered Radical

Let me start with a borderline heretical confession:  I believe that the terms “digital natives” and “digital immigrants” have done more harm than good in shaping the direction of teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

The way I see it, calling students “digital natives” and any adult over the age of 35 “digital immigrants” all-too-often leaves teachers convinced that they have no real place in helping students to figure out how to grow as capable and competent learners.

We’ve inadvertently handed over all ownership and discredited our expertise, y’all — assuming that spending our formative years with notepads instead of iPads means we’ve got nothing to add to conversations with our students about how technology empowers learners. Full article