[Web4lib] _Inside Higher Ed_ : Understanding Students Who Were 'Born Digital'

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at iastate.edu
Sat Oct 4 21:36:44 EDT 2008



Interview with authors of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives



_Inside Higher Ed_ Oct. 2 2008

Understanding Students Who Were 'Born Digital'

Kids these days! If the technologies students use - and sometimes abuse - add up to an overwhelming jumble for some professors who teach them, John Palfrey and Urs Gasser have written a book that they hope will bridge the generation gap, at least when it comes to an understanding of the different habits, learning styles and ideas about privacy attributed to so-called "digital natives." Their book, Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives (Basic Books, 2008), covers a lot of the territory mined at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society where Palfrey is a faculty director, and is part of its ongoing Digital Natives project. Palfrey, a professor and vice dean at Harvard Law School and Gasser, a professor of law at the University of St. Gallen, in Switzerland, and a Berkman fellow, answered questions via e-mail on whether professors should ban Internet from the classroom, the ongoing evolution of libraries, and whether students are learning differently thanks to new technologies.


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Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 50011

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