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?.
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.
Not always. Many are technologically illiterate, just as many born after Gutenberg invented the printing press have not been able to read or write.
Access to education blocked because of prejudice or poverty
Available education doesn’t include technology instruction
Students don’t have adequate access to technology
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
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.
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
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
Plan engaging lessons
Trust your families & communities—give them time to spread the word
Work with partner
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