Learning in the life of digital natives
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This article provides a cross-thematic analysis of the relationship between ICT, lifelong learning and innovation in the worlds of school education, vocational training and teacher training. These territories are analysed by looking from different perspectives at the dynamics of coexistence in these fields of so-called “digital natives” and “digital immigrants,” pointing out the relevant findings of the work carried out by Learnovation in these fields, as far as these quite different processes of “technology socialisation” are concerned.
The starting point is that, when it comes to learning, the level of digital nativeness is key. An individual gaining first learning experiences in a digital environment develops learning habits (including all decisions taken on learning) that are quite different from those of individuals familiar to learning in “analogue” environments. This dichotomy seems to have substantial value when analysing changes/innovative processes in learning, particularly in territories that are characterised by long and intensive periods of life, where learning (predominantly formal learning) plays a central or the central role in life.
This article is part of a special publication by Learnovation in cooperation with the eLearning Papers to support the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009.