Digital Natives


Marc Prensky first coined the phrase Digital Natives in his article Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants in 2001.

Does it feel like sometimes your students talk a different language? For many students today, their world is very "digital."

As Prensky (2001) notes "They have spent their entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age." (p. 1, ¶ 3).The results is that students "think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors" (p. 1, ¶ 4).

Watch this amazing video by Michael Wesch from Kansas State University. Then read the background about the video. If you're interested. Here is a transcript of the video. Comment on either of the blogs the reactions to the video. You can also read David Warlick's blog on the video.


Wesch, Michael. (2007). A Vision of Students Today. Retrieved November 22, 2007, from

Prensky, Marc. (2002). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. Retrieved November 22, 2007, from

Warlic, David. (n.d.) 2¢ Worth. Retrieved November 28, 2007 from