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Posted April 25, 2014
The ebook entitled Plug-in and Live: Voices from the Digital Natives edited by Dr. Alecea Standlee, is an interesting compilation of essays written by college students in West Virginia. Seven students worked to discover and research our technology-rich culture in different forms. Topics such as Internet and console gaming, interactions on social media sites, and technology’s relevance in society are all brought to the readers’ attention. Perhaps one of the best aspects of this book is the fact that all authors are termed digital natives, as they’ve never known a time where technology and computers were not available to them. As a digital native and a future teacher myself, it was interesting to read about the viewpoints and research tactics of authors of my generation. While gaming has never had a huge impact in my life, finding out about gender stereotypes associated with gamers can certainly play a role in the classroom environment. Aside from gaming, the amount that students spend on social media has become increasingly prevalent. One author even conducted research about Facebook while using Facebook to get answers to his questions. Although this collection of essays gives the reader insight into the concerns of digital natives, the drawback is the editing and proofing. Readers will be able to readily identify the authors as being from college because the wording and research are not at a professional level. I would recommend this ebook for students to read to gain some perspective on true technology concerns of the present time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.