Monday, July 7, 2008

Naturalized Citizen

There has been much talk about digital immigrants and digital natives in the education field for the past several years. A digital native is someone that was born at a time when digital electronics were around, and they have used them all of their lives, things such as cell phones and mp3 players. Digital immigrants are those of us who saw these devices come into being.

I believe, and have stated there needs to be other terms to fit in with these two, as there is a great number of immigrants that keep up with technology and a great number that do not. I am of the age of digital immigrants, but with my job and interests have kept up and am beyond many natives in my knowledge of technology. I am not alone in this, as many blog readers and writers fit into this category of naturalized citizens. As with other naturalized citizens we can look at the changes to our country and decide what we like and embrace what we see as useful. There are also digital tourists (thanks Ginger) who use what they like, and not always use it well.

There should be other terms, but not for today. Need to get back to work.

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