The major part of the article is a very biting critique of Prensky’s notions on Digital Natives and Immigrants, and his somewhat idiosyncratic and spotty use of academic research:
Prensky quotes Dr. Perry out of context and without citing which article or study he has in mind. He makes it seem like Perry is supporting his claim that growing up digitally will change the brains of the young.
If anything, Perry is arguing against the digital world that Prensky welcomes and celebrates.
His view of current teaching practices and teachers:
Where does Prensky come up with this kind of nonsense? Progressive educators have been arguing for learning that is engaging even before the advent of the television. John Dewey, Hilda Taba and many others have argued for learning that appeals to the senses and sparks the curiosity of the young.
The following sections are less well argued however. Jamie turns the phrase ‘digital deprivation’ round to refer to people who are so immersed in a digital world that they live in an impoverished physical world. I think there can be some truth to this (I can think of individual students past for whom this was certainly true), but not as well argued, backed up or qualified as it should be.
Thanks to Gia for pointing me to this article.