“Every teacher I’ve worked with over the last five years recalls two kinds of digital experiences with students.
The first I think of as digital native moments, when a student uses a piece of technology with almost eerie intuitiveness. As digital natives, today’s teens have grown up with these tools and have assimilated their logic. Young people just seem to understand when to click and drag or copy and paste, and how to move, merge and mix digital elements.
The second I call digital naiveté moments, when a student trusts a source of information that is obviously unreliable. Even though they know how easy it is to create and distribute information online, many young people believe — sometimes passionately — the most dubious rumors, tempting hoaxes(including convincingly staged encounters designed to look raw and unplanned) and implausible theories.
How can these coexist? How can students be so technologically savvy while also displaying their lack of basic skills for navigating the digital world?”
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