Digital prosumers

Prosumers take in multiple sources of information, analyse it and then produce a new body of work. They act simultaneously as producer and consumer of information.

Digital natives today are prosumers; absorbing information in different media forms and meshing it together to create something new.

What does this mean for educators?

Research and analysis skills need to be taught explicitly.

Teach how to evaluate sources of information, how to protecting against biases, copyright issues and unsuitable materials as well as reflective learning skills. And remember the paradox of choice; limit the number of available sources for a project.