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Tech Time. Teaching Digital Natives. What is a digital native?. 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. Are they computer literate?.

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Tech time

Tech Time

Teaching Digital Natives


What is a digital native

What is a digital native?

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.


Are they computer literate

Are they computer literate?

Not always. Many are technologically illiterate, just as many born after Gutenberg invented the printing press have not been able to read or write.


Reasons for illiteracy

Reasons for illiteracy

Technology Illiteracy

Access to education blocked because of prejudice or poverty

Available education doesn’t include technology instruction

Students don’t have adequate access to technology

Print Illiteracy

  • Access to education blocked because of prejudice or poverty

  • Available education doesn’t accommodate disability


With school access

With school access. . .

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?

Print Illiteracy

  • Unequal education still teaches basic literacy skills

  • Tradition offers many examples of creative students & teachers circumventing poverty to become literate


Inadequate access can mean

Inadequate Access Can Mean:

Little or no technology education available

Inadequate access to technology

Both education and access are unavailable


Is tech time a helpful response

Is Tech Time a Helpful Response?

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.


During tech time we

During Tech Time we. . .

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


Challenges of tech time

Challenges of Tech time

Inaccurate perceptions of the community

Inaccurate perceptions of library administration, staff, and trustees

Your library’s technological infrastructure

Engaging the children’s attention in a public library setting

Self-doubt on part of instructors


Responses to challenges

Responses to Challenges

Educate

Advocate

Plan engaging lessons

Trust your families & communities—give them time to spread the word

Work with partner


Ex tree octopus lesson

Ex: Tree Octopus Lesson


Link for tree octopus

Link for Tree Octopus

http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/


This lesson

This Lesson:

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


Contact me

Contact Me

With questions

With ideas for instruction or advocacy

[email protected]

http://librariesforall.weebly.com/


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