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The Fallacy of the ‘Digital Native’: Why Young People Need to Develop their Digital Skills via @ECDLFoundation

January 21st, 2015 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , , , , ,

Very interesting and short article here (PDF).

Young people are not as digital native as we thought them to be. 

This is frightening because its seems that although they can use technology to some extent, they don’t make the most of it and fall short of being able to fully understand, yet repair it.

We (the generations before) probably too quickly assumed they would catch up, when in fact they didn’t. We’re more and more digging a pit between them and us. We forgot to educate them or, our education didn’t caught up with our own technology.

What are possible paths forward? I can see some:

  • have education catch up with current advances of the technology: MOOCs are a way to do that, but how many people really use them and succeed at them? How can we know better?
  • slow down innovation: as dumb as this idea may appear at first, I think this is what might happen naturally when the current developpers and startuppers will retire. But will we be able to catch up on education? Or will the next generations be too busy surviving in a devastated Earth because we didn’t took care of it in time, mostly because we were too busy playing with our very technology?
  • make a forward UX leap (User eXperience) and make technology far more accessible and usable than it is now. From a Lean UX perspective, if you need to educate someone to a technology, what does it says about that usability?
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