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Tech Time Teaching Digital Natives
Someone who is young enough to have grown up in a digital world. It is usually assumed that digital natives are confident, experienced computer users. What is a digital native?
Not always. Many are technologically illiterate, just as many born after Gutenberg invented the printing press have not been able to read or write. Are they computer literate?
Reasons for illiteracy Print Illiteracy Access to education blocked because of prejudice or poverty Available education doesnt accommodate disability Technology Illiteracy Access to education blocked because of prejudice or poverty Available education doesnt include technology instruction Students dont have adequate access to technology
With school access... Print Illiteracy Unequal education still teaches basic literacy skills Tradition offers many examples of creative students & teachers circumventing poverty to become literate Technology Illiteracy Unequal education results in students not being taught skills inherent in technology literacy Many of us are searching for ways to bridge the digital divide. Will we be successful?
Little or no technology education available Inadequate access to technology Both education and access are unavailable Inadequate Access Can Mean:
Yes and no. Tech Time CAN help families which have the means to access technology, but not adequate understanding or confidence to meet educational demands. Tech Time does NOT address problems of unequal access to technology. Is Tech Time a Helpful Response?
Provide direct instruction Focus on skills necessary for academic success Teach students to produce their own content Teach students to evaluate what they read\watch Reach out to the entire family During Tech Time we...
Inaccurate perceptions of the community Inaccurate perceptions of library administration, staff, and trustees Your librarys technological infrastructure Engaging the childrens attention in a public library setting Self-doubt on part of instructors Challenges of Tech time
Educate Advocate Plan engaging lessons Trust your families & communitiesgive them time to spread the word Work with partner Responses to Challenges
Ex: Tree Octopus Lesson
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Had an intriguing title (Tech Time: Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus) Started with an engaging premise Appealed to tween inclination for pranks Empowered them to feel knowledgable Also taught valuable skills This Lesson:
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