Middle years students' experience with new media

Paul D. Chandler, Australian Catholic University

Abstract

This study draws on a survey of 800 upper primary school students concerning their knowledge of certain ‘new media’ applications. The findings concur with other studies in suggesting that students’ relationship with technology is more complex and nuanced than is conveyed by a simple branding of ‘digital native’. Some differential experiences between classes and genders are identified, along with an important minority of students who have much more out-of-school experience with new media than others. The role of the school and teacher in inducting students to new media is presented as central, with important implications for curriculum leadership and teacher professional development.