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Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants 

From the eState Symposium:

Had a great discussion with my small group, which I'll report on later. The panel is starting. But first I want to share an anecdote.

I just ran into Champlain College professor Elaine Young, who said she doesn't like the terms "digital natives" and "digital immigrants." They were mentioned earlier in the big group session, and seem to be popular today.

Elaine doesn't like them because, she says, "We're all immigrants when it comes to technology." It sets up a misleading paradigm that young people know everything when it comes to technology. So she says.

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Cathy Resmer

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Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam, and compiles a weekly tech e-newsletter. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired... more

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