Marc Prensky coined the term, digital natives, in his article, “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, first published in 2001. His follow-up piece, “Do They Really Think Differently?” goes on to discuss how our students are different from most of us who teach them. As he notes,
Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach.
If we have any doubt that we've come a long way in less than a generation, check out this two minute clip from the Today Show in 1994 as Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel ask the question, "What is the Internet?"