Digital Thinkers

By: Ross Teller  

The term digital natives denotes individuals born between 1982 and 2002, who some researchers argue have an innate proficiency with technology. This basic qualitative study examined the technology use of digital natives, seeking to understand how they create meaning from their technology use. The data collected was comprised of one-on-one interviews with the participants. This study used Holland et al.’s (1998) figured world construct in its analysis, finding that the participants used technology to mediate personal interests, while exhibiting high levels of reflection.

Digital Natives, Millennials, Technology Use
Technologies in Society
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Ross Teller

PhD student, Education, University of Texas at El Paso, United States
United States

I have been in public education for 20 years, all at the high school level. I have taught numerous subjects, including English, reading, history, and computer science. This year I am teaching computer science and dual credit U.S. history. I have also served as a school librarian for 14 years, as well as acting as a curriculum coach and instructional technologist. I have taught U.S. history 1301 and 1302 at El Paso Community since 2003. I have master's degrees in history, library science, and computer information systems. I am currently pursing a PhD in the Teaching, Learning, Culture program in the Education Department at the Univserity of Texas at El Paso.