Archive for May, 2011

Digital Niche Construction

May 30th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Niche Construction

Interestingly, and perhaps ironically, people with disabilities have cultivated a sort of “digital niche construction” in order to ensure their continued survival. Similar to how a beaver builds a dam or how a bird builds a nest, digital outcasts must alter their technological environment to remain relevant in the modern ecosystem. This interregnum is where […]

Advocating for the Digital Outcast

May 30th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Advocating for the Digital Outcast

Most people working in the education space are familiar with Marc Prensky’s theory of the “Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants.” Prensky’s general thesis was to challenge assumptions that antiquated teaching methods remain suitable for emerging generations of learners, for whom mobile devices and gaming principles have become a critical artery of social and informational context. […]