New Definitions for Technological Literacy

News: Technologically Illiterate Students – Inside Higher Ed.

This is from a session of BlackBoard World.

The new technological landscape — particularly the trappings of Web 2.0 — demands that a new line of distinction be drawn, Vacek told the audience; a line between computer users who can handle only basic programs such as word processors and search engines, and those who understand underlying structures and concepts that underlie modern technology, and how to think critically within them.

And under such a definition, most of today’s students — both college and K-12 — do not pass muster, she said.

The issue really is that we are teaching students how to use the actual tech, but NOT how to use it responsibly or the implications if they don’t.

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