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Susan M. Zvacek University of Kansas. Whats technological literacy? Why is it important? What tech literacy skills should students have? Can we build.

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1 Susan M. Zvacek University of Kansas

2 Whats technological literacy? Why is it important? What tech literacy skills should students have? Can we build it into our teaching?

3 From the US Department of Education: Computer skills and the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance."

4 Using technology responsibly, creatively, and effectively… In order to …communicate, solve problems, and access information. The ability to create, manage, and evaluate information… and To develop lifelong learning skills

5 Increased skill levels for workforce Increased citizen participation Narrowed digital divide Improved decision making Enhanced social well being

6 Our students are task-specific tech savvy users They need to be tech-skeptical users Many consider themselves to be sophisticated users of technology

7 Unrealistic expectations and extraordinary confidence in search engines Credibility of web-based resources is rarely questioned And … the more technology experience they have, the less skeptical they are about online resources

8 Relevant (Hands-on) Skill Sets Conceptual Knowledge Intellectual Capabilities

9 Students should be able to use (well): Communication Tools Word Processing Spreadsheets Databases Internet Search Engines

10 Students should understand: Basic concepts related to digital technology Network structures and data organization Societal issues related to technology Ethical issues dealing with privacy rights, intellectual property, etc. What technology cannot do for us

11 Students should be able to: Engage in reasoning and problem solving Manage complexity Collaborate with others Evaluate information and information sources

12 Expect students to submit work in digital formats Ensure that students are aware of institutional resources for learning about technology tools (workshops, for example) Utilize a variety of technologies for instruction Use online communication tools Provide course content online Assess learner progress with online tools

13 Explore how technology has enabled advances in your discipline Discuss the organization of information in scholarly resources Examine the limitations of relying heavily on technological tools Discuss ethical issues relevant to using technology in your discipline

14 Model for students the evaluation of resources, and hold students accountable for resource evaluation in their work (consider using a site like this)this Use teaching strategies that present messy problems with more than one right answer Require students to collaborate with others in online environments

15 Expect students to provide real-world examples to support their ideas Develop communication protocols as a collaborative activity with students Challenge students to explore how their point of view may be different than someone elses and why

16 Its not our job to protect students from the influence of technology, nor to encourage them to accept it without question It 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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