on those wacky digital natives …

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Our school will be going through our Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation in a few weeks. Accreditation is a BIG DEAL in independent schools. Our WASC report is this HUGE document, but at the very least all of us on the faculty are supposed to read and be familiar with our twelve page “action plan.” Long story short, our action plan includes a statement about how our students are “digital natives” while our faculty are “digital immigrants” and how we need to explore ways to educate and reach our digital natives. Blah, blah, blah …

All of our seventh graders take a required Library and Technology class that teaches them quite a few fundamental technology skills.  You know, those kinds of “low level skills” like where your document is saving, how to copy and paste, how to insert an image, how to site or give attribution for that image, etc.  Some on our faculty are critical of our course since in their minds, “kids know all that stuff already.”  To which I say, “HAH! B.S!!! You must not have spent much time working with kids in a tech lab.”

Here’s the thing, today, there is an English class using the laptops in our Reference Room.  The teacher is chatting with a student while the rest of the class was doing their thing and three different new frosh (who didn’t take our class) DIDN’T KNOW HOW TO COPY AND PASTE FROM THEIR EMAIL INTO WORD!!!

Seriously?!?!?!? Digital natives my behind!!!

Kids may spend a lot of time online, but that DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY ARE TECHNOLOGY LITERATE!!!


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