Meridian is an electronic journal dedicated to research and practice of information and communication technologies in kindergarten through college.



Call for Papers: Digital Natives 2.0

Meridian CFP 2016: Digital Natives 2.0

Students have constant, always-on access to broadband internet in far greater numbers than when Prensky (2001) coined the term "digital natives." In the 15 years since the term was first used, the expectations and narratives surrounding what a digital native is or might be have changed (Bennett, Maton, and Kervin 2008; Hargittai, 2010).

What can educators faced with students of the "always-on generation" expect these learners to know (Jukes, Schaaf, Mohan 2015)? What are the technological capabilities and needs of students in the always-on generation? What skills do students bring with them, and what skills must be learned? What tensions do students and teachers experience in the gap between what students know technologically and what teachers expect them to know? How does equity of access to technology affect teacher expectations of students' computer skills? The answers to these questions will help educators develop stronger expectations about what students from the always-on generation will need technologically to learn and thrive in a technology-rich world.

To continue this line of inquiry, Meridian is calling for papers that reflect a diverse set of methodologies inquiring into the technological capabilities of learners in the "post-digital natives" landscape (Dasa 2012). Manuscripts may investigate participant experiences, effect on participant learning, effect on student learning, program design, cost effectiveness, equity, and other concerns that relate to expectations of prior student technological knowledge.

Apart from this special call, manuscripts that aid Meridian in its overall goal of promoting knowledge of K-16 educational technology are welcomed.


Bennett, Sue, Karl Maton, and Lisa Kervin. 2008. "The 'digital natives' debate: A critical review of the evidence." British Journal of Educational Technology 39 (5):775-786.

Dasa, Simon. 2012. "On two metaphors for pedagogy and creativity in the digital era: liquid and solid learning." Innovations in Education and Teaching International 49 (2):183-193. DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2012.677594.

Hargittai, Eszter. 2010. "Digital Na(t)ives? Variation in Internet Skills and Uses among Members of the "Net Generation." Sociological Inquiry 80 (1):92-113. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-682X.2009.00317.x.

Jukes, Ian, Ryan L. Schaaf, and Nicky Mohan. 2015. Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation: Strategies and Apps That Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.

Prensky, Marc. 2001. "Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants Part 1." On the Horizon 9 (5):1-6. doi:
Posted: 2014-02-08
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Andrea Rae Milner, Kimberly Lemon-Leverenz, Gary Powell
Characterization Personified: Using Edmodo to Strengthen Student Interaction with Literature PDF
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