1 They’re Computer Savvy, Right? Well, Maybe… Susan M. ZvacekUniversity of Kansas
2 Topics: What’s technological literacy? Why is it important? What tech literacy skills should students have?Can we build it into our teaching?
3 An Old Definition (1996)From the US Department of Education: “Computer skills and the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance."
4 Defining Elements (newer) Using technology “responsibly, creatively, and effectively…”In order to “…communicate, solve problems, and access information.”The ability to “create, manage, and evaluate information…” andTo “develop lifelong learning skills”
5 Benefits of Tech Literacy Increased skill levels for workforceIncreased citizen participationNarrowed digital divideImproved decision makingEnhanced social well being
6 Aren’t my students “digital natives?” Our students are “task-specific” tech savvy usersThey need to be “tech-skeptical” usersMany consider themselves to be “sophisticated users” of technology
7 “Whaddya mean, I ain’t sophisticated?” Unrealistic expectations and “extraordinary confidence” in search enginesCredibility of web-based resources is rarely questionedAnd … the more technology experience they have, the less skeptical they are about online resources
9 Relevant Skills Sets Students should be able to use (well): Communication ToolsWord ProcessingSpreadsheetsDatabasesInternet Search Engines
10 Conceptual Knowledge Students should understand: Basic concepts related to digital technologyNetwork structures and data organizationSocietal issues related to technologyEthical issues dealing with privacy rights, intellectual property, etc.What technology cannot do for us
11 Intellectual Capabilities Students should be able to:Engage in reasoning and problem solvingManage complexityCollaborate with othersEvaluate information and information sources
12 Integrating Hands-on Skills into Coursework Expect students to submit work in digital formatsEnsure that students are aware of institutional resources for learning about technology tools (workshops, for example)Utilize a variety of technologies for instructionUse online communication toolsProvide course content onlineAssess learner progress with online tools
13 Integrating Conceptual Issues Explore how technology has enabled advances in your disciplineDiscuss the organization of information in scholarly resourcesExamine the limitations of relying heavily on technological toolsDiscuss ethical issues relevant to using technology in your discipline
14 Developing Intellectual Strategies Model for students the evaluation of resources, and hold students accountable for resource evaluation in their work (consider using a site like this)Use teaching strategies that present “messy” problems with more than one right answerRequire students to collaborate with others in online environments
15 Intellectual Strategies (continued) Expect students to provide real-world examples to support their ideasDevelop communication protocols as a collaborative activity with studentsChallenge students to explore how their point of view may be different than someone else’s and why
16 SummaryIt’s not our job to protect students from the influence of technology, nor to encourage them to accept it without questionIt is our job to equip student with the critical thinking skills enabling them to use various technologies (current tools and those not yet invented) wisely-- because…People who know “what” and people who know “how” will always work for people who know “why.”
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