After reading the prompt I was very glad that I wrote an initial post on this very question back when we read the articles. Feel free to go back and read the complete post. I will be a little more direct in this post and stick with the two things I came across that answered the question:
"As educational technologists, what did you take away from these generational differences readings? How would you handle a colleague who bought into the notion of digital natives?"
I would tell him/her that I agree with the following ideas from Do generational differences matter in instructional design?:
"current generation of students entering higher education has information technology skills that
exceed those of the faculty members who will be teaching them, a trend that demands significantchanges in the way that programs, course, and learning environments are designed and implemented."
“points to keep in mind” when training the Net Generation, (p. 244):
• They read more than any generation ahead of them.
• They are used to learning in a highly interactive way.
• The popularity and productivity of role-playing and other interactive activities work in
inverse proportion to their age.
• The experts say that the Millennial Generation will make the Xers look like technological
But aside from that, sure they are a little more technologically savvy, but they are still humans and still need guidance and instruction. Accept the positives that come with their "native" knowledge and use technology in smart and productive ways, but don't shy away from some from some of the old-school tried and true methods as well.