Jottings are for my own benefit as a memory jogger of where my life is going, and I’m doing them publicly because sometimes it may be handy for someone else to take a look.

My notes on “Revisiting the Digital Native Hypothesis” by Michael Trucano

I’m interested in our relationship to digital technologies. I’m intrigued by how the availability of the tech alters our roles and our relationships with each other and with “information” (in all its many and varied forms). I’ve cut and pasted bits from “Revisiting the Digital Native Hypothesis” by Michael Trucano so I can highlight points that made his post useful/interesting to me.:


In a very influential essay that appeared about 15 years ago (“Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants” [pdf]), Mark Prensky coined the term ‘digital natives‘,


In contrast, “[t]hose of us who were not born into the digital world but have, at some later point in our lives, become fascinated by and adopted many or most aspects of the new technology are, and always will be compared to them, Digital Immigrants.” While Prensky’s views on this topic have evolved over the years and become more nuanced (those interested in his particular views may wish to visit his web site), this original definition and delineation of what it means to be a digital native and a digital immigrant remains quite potent for many people.


That said, in my experience, the digital natives hypothesis remains alive and well in many educational policymaking circles (as it does with many parents — and grandparents, and marketers, and with many kids themselves), especially in places around the world that are just now beginning to roll-out or consider the use of educational technologies at a wide scale. Indeed, while meeting with education ministries on three different continents over the course of the last month, I’ve had very senior education officials in three different governments explain to me how the concept of ‘digital natives’ was central for their vision for education going forward. These recent conversations — and many others — prompted me to write this quick blog post (as well as one that will follow).


Of course, the messy reality of the use of digital devices by children is highly variable and far more nuanced than is denoted by the simple dialectic of digital natives vs. digital immigrants.

And: Even where you buy into the digital native hypothesis, it still might be true that today’s digital natives will in many important ways be tomorrow’s digital immigrants. The rate of technological change could well mean that the approaches to the use of technology that the ‘digital natives’ of today develop in their formative years — again, if you believe that such people exist — may well be different, in ways both trivial and profound, from the approaches and perspectives that subsequent generations may adopt.

side note:


About ten years ago (snip)  my ‘infatuation with the potential uses of mobile phones in education

(snip) While the term does not appear to have wide (if any) currency within educational technology communities around the world, I do wonder if, at least as it relates to access to various things, there might be some potential utility within educational policy discussions for the term ‘mobile native’, given that increasingly young people most everywhere will have a personal, connected computing device with them at all times?


You can find lots of good related discussion and commentary, for and against the ‘digital natives hypothesis’, as well as arguments and perspectives that lie somewhere in-between


it might be useful to ask: What do the related data actually say? A follow up post will explore answers to this question. View full story.

You may also be interested in the following posts on the EduTech blog:








Nov 17, 2016 by pamela | Categories: Jottings | Tags: , ,

So much to learn more about…

Lots of learning today, so I’m quickly putting up some of the things I’ve been looking at, mainly for my own future reference. I’m not putting full explanations of where the links came from or why they interest me – but I am adding the odd bit of context.

Mar 29, 2016 by pamela | Categories: Jottings | Tags: , , , , ,

Jottings 3.1 Wednesday Dec 8th 2015 – A third start.

Where am I now?

It’s Wednesday – so it was the Wednesday morning meetup with other locals who work from home, five of us today. The group seems to be taking hold.

It’s over a week since I signed up for the Teal for startups group (following George Por’s Teal Practice Group meetup on Friday Nov 27th) and I haven’t made any kind of formal contribution yet. However I am thinking deeply about it and how to apply it, which will the basis for any contributions I do make.

I’m on page 273 of Reinventing Organisations by Frederic Laloux – so I’m learning the Teal ideas, and exploring how I can apply them.  I’ve given copies to Nikki and to Andy of FocalLocal. To Nikki, because we’re looking at how Dadamac Foundation can grow next year and we need to have  an appropriately organic structure to enable it to happen.  To Andy, because he was talking of the need for people who do FolcalLocal things to define roles for themselves, rather than ask him to give them tasks.

There is no way there would ever be a job specification for the “Pamela McLean off-piste” PA  – but I can imagine  a future  Aha! Moment of Recognition when  a cluster of things come together and someone  says (part seriously, part joking) “Hmm – looks like we’ve discovered what the Pamela McLean off-piste PA  does!” That would be very Teal.

Regarding Dadamac Foundation, Nikki and I often talk about Dadamac DNA. If we find people who “get it” regarding that DNA and are aligned with it then we could to go forward in a Teal way.

TQ reckons that even if I get all the the help I’d like with the practicalities of Dadamac Foundation I’ll still be left with more things I’d like to do than I can reasonably do unaided. He thinks I need help beyond my Dadamac Foundation activities (what a lovely idea). TQ expanded on the idea, suggesting a PA for this wider area of activity which he dubbed ‘Pamela McLean off-piste’. I don’t know if I’ll ever get the PA but ‘Pamela off-piste” is rapidly becoming a “meaningful phrase” amongst those who know me well. I find  myself imagining what life would be like if I had one. (How might it emerge in a Teal way…)  It’s an interesting exercise – a bit like an “if I won the lottery” conversation (less materialistic but a similar way to define big dreams and then recognise achievable mini-versions).

Other things progressed today

  • Providing missing information for the draft of the story around John Dada and Dadamac – for the collection of ten stories from the diaspora.
  • The “initiatives” feature on Connect
  • Decluttering (small but significant)


Dec 09, 2015 by pamela | Categories: Jottings

Jottings 2.1 Friday July 24th 2015 – A second start.

I’m making a fresh attempt at jotting down what’s going on. Jottings are for my own benefit as a memory jogger of where my life is going, and I’m doing them publicly because sometimes it may be handy for someone else to take a look.

So where am I? Suffice to say things have been busy. Some deadlines have been met, so I have time for reflection.

Today has been interesting – and as usual it’s had its share of the unexpected. Over the weekend I’ll have time for some choices.

As I look back over today I’m appreciating its evidence of friendship in all its many aspects, and I’m recognising the variety of shared experiences, and the different kinds of friends I connect with and (being me) I’m reflecting on how that ties in with deep systemic change in the 21st century.

Hmm. Is it just me who is continually jumping  back and forth in my life between theory and practice  – or does everyone do it ? Maybe they do, but they don’t go on about it like I do.

I’m thinking that I’ll reflect on some of the conversations and connections I’ve had today and, as I reflect, maybe I’ll write some relevant notes over in “continuing conversations” and “people an action” this evening.

Or maybe I won’t be back to Dadamac Connect until my next jottings,  whenever that my be…..


hmm .. the phone went.

I just had another unexpected catch-up conversation –  rather a long one. Some exciting stuff is going on. Things are coming together.

So now it’s almost exactly midnight.  Certainly there’ll be no notes for “continuing conversations” or “people an action” this evening.

I’ll scribble some names in my trusty, old fashioned, “very analogue” diary to remind me who I was connecting with today. That’ll do to jog my memory of what I might share with them publicly in Dadamac Connect – depending on how the weekend goes.

Jul 24, 2015 by pamela | Categories: Jottings

Journal for 6 July 2015, first time at CIAD

Monday – so I started the day at “The Start your Working Week Club” It’s good to get up on a Monday with the impetus of knowing that officially my working week is about to begin – and someone will notice if I turn up late. Plus there is the friendly welcome we always get from the staff at Deli Nene.

In the afternoon I worked at my current “day job”.

The evening was my first ever visit to the Costume Institute of the Africa Diaspora (CAID) for a presentation on “Scarification and Body Modification”. It included facial tribal markings, which I know well, mostly from my older Yoruba friends. There were also some amazing effects,  almost like sculpture on people’s bodies. Some of it I found beautiful, and some not, but it must all have been horrendously painful, so I have very mixed feelings about it.

Thinking of UK equivalents – I don’t know how painful it is to be tattooed, but the body modification”Ouch! factor” of waxing, or ear-piercing  seemed a decidedly trivial scrap of inconvenience by comparison to what we’d seen. More on Scarification and Body Modification

Jul 07, 2015 by pamela | Categories: Jottings

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