Students Know Technology NO THEY DONT!

This past month I received a set of netbooks for my classroom.  I feel very fortunate to have received these and wanted to incorporate them into my class as much as possible. So I decided to make my class a paperless classroom.  As my classes have begun working in this new digital learning environment I have found that many students really do to know how to use technology and really need to be shown how to correctly use a computer.

So often I hear teachers say things like, “I don’t want to teach kids technology because they already know it all and I don’t.” Or that “the kids know more about this stuff than I do.” To put it bluntly, NO THEY DON’T! This is a myth and in fact I believe that you will find that things like file management, proper email, and using many online tools will be foreign to them.  Although many students will pick up how to use these digital tools quickly we must remember as teachers, students need to be taught how to use many of these tools. Assuming that students can use technology is a pitfall that many educators and schools fall into. Any technology to used in the classroom must be taught to the students before its use to ensure the best possible application of that learning tool.  This is a lesson that even though I knew, really has been pointed out to me in the past few weeks.

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4 Responses

  1. That “tech-saavy” students need to learn how to use technology is worth pointing out again and again. Thank you for doing so. I am constantly turning up hidden assumptions in my teaching… assumptions about what students already know or can do. Students today may have their fingers on the keyboard much of the day, but they mostly know computers as entertainment devices (I love the entertainment value of my computer, too!). They don’t tend to think of computers as tools for getting things done. So making playlists in iTunes doesn’t necessarily transfer over to using a wordprocessor or spreadsheet effectively.

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