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Prensky’s article talks about the connection between computer competency and age. Which talks about how Digital Native and Digital Immigrant are being segregated. In context, Digital Native are people that are born into the digital generation where technology revolves around them. However, not everyone are fortunate to have access to it. While Digital Immigrant are people whom are not born into the digital generation but adopt it into the later part of their life.
David White’s entry discussed about the difference between a digital “visitor” and “resident” and what motivates each individual to use the internet for. Using what David White said – “It’s a continuum of ‘modes of engagement’ not two distinct categories” because everyone can be a visitor and resident whenever we have a different purpose when doing something.
Digital “visitor” is someone that surfs the net with the purpose of attaining a goal which is similar to being a digital immigrant – in a way that they are still learning to adapt to the environment. While a digital “resident” is living a part of their life on the net similar to being a digital native as they live around the computer and communicates on the internet community as well as on their life offline. As David White says: “This visitor, Resident distinction is useful when considering which technologies to provide for online learners”.
Based on David White’s entry, I would consider myself to be both a “visitor” and “resident” because it would depends on what agenda I have on that day. For days whereby I have school, I would use more time on researching about topics, reading articles and check up on emails. After completion of the daily task or on weekends, I would then check up on the internet for the latest buzz and catch up on the social media.
Anyone can be a “visitor” and “resident” on the net as there is no limit to it. An example would be my father who is nearing the age of 55 and still uses Facebook to communicate with his friends and definitely have more photos, comments and likes compared to my social media. Despite being older than me, he is actually really active on social media!
Having analyzed, I have learned that anyone of any age can be a “visitor” and “resident” based on what their purpose of using the net are driven by.
Marc Prensky, 2001a, “Digital natives, digital immigrants,” On the Horizon, volume 9, number 5, athttp://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf, accessed 29 Oct 2015
White, D. S., & Cornu, A. L. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement.
David White, “Visitor & Resident” Visitor&Resident, accessed 30 October 2015