Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume

 

Most people have heard this story before: the eight-year-old son teaching his forty-year-old dad how to use some new device or app. However, despite being an allegory of our times, a lot has been said off-the-record about misconceptions regarding students’ technological abilities. 

 

STEREOTYPE THREAT: Knowing how to “snap” or “tweet” does not make a student a “digital native,” or even tech-savvy. In fact, as students revealed at the New Media Consortium summer conference last week, some of their peers don’t know how to use headers or footers. Here’s why adults should ditch stereotypes about millennial learners.

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