Aisha Walker

Thinking onscreen

20 February 2014
by Aisha

Misleading Metaphors

I have written elsewhere about White and Le Cornu’s (2011) metaphor of digital residents and visitors. The metaphor is reiterated by people such as Gavin Dudeney (for example and is used to categorise people into two groups: those who … 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