So Called "Digital Natives" Don't Know How to Use Computers

And neither do you

#Opinion

Sun, Jan 18th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Although this post by Marc Scott on Coding 2 Learn is (relatively speaking) old, the issue is still relevant today: there is a misconception that kids, who are constantly online, have automagically become tech savvy, when the reality is that they can barely use a computer.

[...] After all, aren't all teenagers digital natives? They have laptops and tablets and games consoles and smart phones, surely they must be the most technologically knowledgeable demographic on the planet. The bell went, and I really did have a lesson to teach, so I didn't have time to explain to her my theories on why it is that kids can't use computers. Maybe she'll read my blog.

The truth is, kids can't use general purpose computers, and neither can most of the adults I know. There's a narrow range of individuals whom, at school, I consider technically savvy. These are roughly the thirty to fifty year-olds that have owned a computer for much of their adult lives. There are, of course, exceptions amongst the staff and students. There are always one or two kids in every cohort that have already picked up programming or web development or can strip a computer down to the bare bones, replace a motherboard, and reinstall an operating system. There are usually a couple of tech-savvy teachers outside the age range I've stated, often from the Maths and Science departments who are only ever defeated by their school laptops because they don't have administrator privileges, but these individuals are rare.

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