First year students' experiences with technology: Are they really digital natives?

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Title First year students' experiences with technology: Are they really digital natives?
Author Kennedy, Gregor E.; Judd, Terry S.; Churchward, Anna; Gray, Kathleen; Krause, Kerri-Lee Dawn
Journal Name Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (Online)
Editor Catherine McLoughlin
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Online
Publisher A S C I L I T E (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
Abstract This paper reports on a study conducted in 2006 with more than 2,000 incoming first-year Australian university students. Students were asked about their access to, use of and preferences for an array of established and emerging technologies and technology based tools. The results show that many first year students are highly tech-savvy. However, when one moves beyond entrenched technologies and tools (e.g. computers, mobile phones, email), the patterns of access and use of a range of other technologies show considerable variation. The findings are discussed in light of Prensky's (2001a) notions of the 'Digital Natives' and the implications for using technology to support teaching and learning in higher education.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet.html
Alternative URI http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet24/kennedy.html
Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 24
Issue Number 1
Page from 108
Page to 122
ISSN 1449-5554
Date Accessioned 2009-03-10
Date Available 2009-10-13T21:49:54Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Institute for Higher Education
Subject Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26021
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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