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Susan M. Zvacek University of Kansas. They’re Computer Savvy, Right? Well, Maybe…. Topics:. What’s technological literacy? Why is it important? What tech literacy skills should students have? Can we build it into our teaching?. An Old Definition (1996).

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topics
Topics:
  • What’s technological literacy?
  • Why is it important?
  • What tech literacy skills should students have?
  • Can we build it into our teaching?
an old definition 1996
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."

defining elements newer
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…” and
  • To “develop lifelong learning skills”
benefits of tech literacy
Benefits of Tech Literacy
  • Increased skill levels for workforce
  • Increased citizen participation
  • Narrowed digital divide
  • Improved decision making
  • Enhanced social well being
aren t my students digital natives
Aren’t my students “digital natives?”
  • Our students are “task-specific” tech savvy users
  • They need to be “tech-skeptical” users
  • Many consider themselves to be “sophisticated users” of technology
whaddya mean i ain t sophisticated
“Whaddya mean, I ain’t sophisticated?”
  • 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
categories of tech literacy skills
Categories of Tech Literacy Skills
  • Relevant (Hands-on) Skill Sets
  • Conceptual Knowledge
  • Intellectual Capabilities
relevant skills sets
Relevant Skills Sets
  • Students should be able to use (well):
    • Communication Tools
    • Word Processing
    • Spreadsheets
    • Databases
    • Internet Search Engines
conceptual knowledge
Conceptual Knowledge
  • 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
intellectual capabilities
Intellectual Capabilities
  • Students should be able to:
    • Engage in reasoning and problem solving
    • Manage complexity
    • Collaborate with others
    • Evaluate information and information sources
integrating hands on skill s into coursework
Integrating Hands-on Skills into Coursework
  • 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
integrating conceptual issues
Integrating Conceptual Issues
  • 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
developing intellectual strategies
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 answer
  • Require students to collaborate with others in online environments
intellectual strategies continued
Intellectual Strategies (continued)
  • 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 theirpoint of view may be different than someone else’s and why
summary
Summary
  • It’s 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 peoplewho know “how” will always work for people who know “why.”
contact me
Contact Me

Susan Zvacek

University of Kansas

szvacek@ku.edu