Aisha Walker

Thinking onscreen

16 July 2015
by Aisha

The Ecology of Digital Childhood: the ‘digisystem’

In this post I argue for the Ecology of Childhood model proposed by Bronfenbrenner (1979) to be adapted in order to accommodate the roles that digital technologies and media might play in the life of the developing child. Bronfenbrenner’s model* … Continue reading

17 June 2013
by Aisha

Digital Dichotomies

It seems that there is an irresistible urge to categorise people as ‘techies’ or ‘non-techies’.  The best-known of these dichotomies is Prensky’s ‘Digital Natives’ vs ‘Digital Immigrants’ (Prensky 2001a, 2001b).  Prensky’s argument was that today’s children and young people are … Continue reading

20 May 2013
by Aisha
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Picky Learners

Today’s children are often described as ‘digital natives’ or ‘the net generation’ having grown up with digital devices: laptops; netbooks; Xboxes; Nintendo; Wiis; iPads/Pods/Phones; smartphones; Kindles…  Intuitively this rings true as many people have seen babies and toddlers playing with … Continue reading