Our goal in this Study Room is to produce a critical comparison of Marcus Wohlsen’s 2014 article “Digital Literacy is the Key to the Future, but we still don’t know what it means” and Marc Prensky’s 2001 article “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants.”
A successful critical comparison depends on a strong understanding of the arguments and assumptions of the articles to be compared. Our first step will be to review a reverse outline of Wohlsen’s article, and our second step will be to develop a reverse outline of Prensky’s argument.
For a more in-depth lesson in reverse outlines and summary, please check out the lessons in Study Room 1.
Outline for Wohlsen’s Article
Let’s begin by reviewing an outline of the key points from Wohlsen’s article. If you haven’t read Wohlsen’s article yet, you should read it now before you begin.
As you read over the outline linked below, especially consider how each of the key points helps Wohlsen to support his main idea about the topic.
Outline for Prensky’s Article
Now, our task is to read, understand, and create a reverse outline for Prensky’s article. When we have finished this step, we will have two outlines ready for comparison.
It’s your turn to produce an outline, using the template offered, to develop a reverse outline of Marc Prensky’s article. You can use the example on Wohlsen as a guide and, remember, if you need more help, review the lesson in Study Room 1.
- Scan the article “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants” and complete the Reading for Context questions.
- Read the article and complete the Reading for Content questions to generate a reverse outline.