AN INTRODUCTION #BEMM177Z6

DIGITAL RESIDENT? 

DIGITAL VISITOR?

OR BOTH……? 

I THINK IT IS FAIR TO SAY THAT THIS BABY TICKS THE DIGITAL RESIDENT BOX…….  And is possibly the poster boy for the launch of the future WEB 5.0!

Although the outlandish concept portrayed in the MTS India YouTube clip does appear a little ahead of its time, I do feel that the clip captures how many people perceive the way todays’ children, quite simply, are born with an innate ability to adapt to the use of technology (Gartside, 2014).

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Image of my Daughter making herself at home in a hotel in Tokyo, Japan whilst I was touring with the Royal Ballet – Image captured by me

This introductory blog post is inspired by the work of White and Cornu’s (2011) Digital Residents and Digital Visitors concept (an extension and development of Prensky’s (2001a) Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants) and helps illustrate that although I am part of Generation Y and have been exposed from early school years to the technological advances pictured below (Lyons, 2016), I still feel as though my identity shifts from Digital Resident to Visitor.

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The developments of APPLE as witness by me as a school boy in Australia to what I am now familiar with at home – Image from PCMAG

Perhaps it is best to say that I am an example of the individuals that move around a centrally located region swaying from resident to visitor, according to my motivation at the time (White and Cornu, 2011). Click here to see a moving version of the image below.

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I am most certainly one of those blue balls bouncing around the central region connecting the Digital Residents with the Digital Visitors – (Image adapted from White and Cornu, 2011)

 

My 1st Digital Literacy Self Test results depict that I am quite comfortable surrounded by the digital world although I think it is fair to say that my intentions have been primarily career driven in a rather self-motivating environment, hence the lower scores surrounding collaborative work.

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Digital Literacy 1st Self Test – Week 1 – Results Key Made with Piktochart
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Digital Literacy Self Test – WEEK 1 – Made with Piktochart
 

My digital literacies appear to be fit for someone

“living, learning and working in a digital society” (JISC, 2015)

however I can honestly say that the digital literacy self test has painted a rather confident image of my position in the digital world. I believe ‘MY’ current perceived position (the blue star), the way I place myself in the ever evolving digital world, is someone different to the one that the self-test results portray (the gold star). Utilising White and Cornu’s (2011) metaphors of ‘Place’ and ‘Tool’ combined with the Digital Resident and Visitor labels (White and Cornu, 2011), I have constructed the following positioning matrix. Where do you see yourself on this?

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Positioning Matrix showing where I perceive my position in the digital world (BLUE STAR) opposed to the way I interpreted the results of the 1st Digital Literacy Self-Test (GOLD STAR) – Made with Piktochart

As an individual heavily invested in the social media realm and excited by the endless possibilities that the digital world offers us all, I excited to develop, explore and learn as I embark on this #BEMM177Z6 journey.

References

Gartside, J. (2014, August 7). Ofcom: six year olds understand digital technology better than adults. The Guardian. Retreived from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/07/ofcom-children-digital-technology-better-than-adults
JISC. (2015). Developing students’ digital literacy. Retrieved June 21, 2018 from https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/developing-students-digital-literacy
Lyons, K. (2016, March 7). Generation Y: a guide to a much-maligned demographic. The Guardian. Retieved from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/07/millennials-generation-y-guide-to-much-maligned-demographic
Marc Prensky, 2001a, “Digital natives, digital immigrants,” On the Horizon, volume 9, number 5, at http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf
White, D. S., & Cornu, A. L. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A New Typology for Online Engagement. First Monday, 16(9). Retrieved from: http://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049

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