Tuesday, August 26, 2008

What Defines Tech Savvy?

The new school year has just started and I had high hopes of a very technology ready class. I have web-based applications bookmarked on delicious ready to go. So I asked all 127 of my kids the same questions.

Of 127 kids, 5 had their own start page where they control the content.
Of 127 kids, 3 had heard of RSS feeds or readers and none knew what either was.
Of 127 kids, 56 of them looked at me like I was speaking gibberish when I suggested that they secure a thumb drive.
Of 127 kids, 5 had heard of delicious but 2 thought that it referred to food.

Is this what we are calling tech savvy? Is this the group that is termed "Digital Natives"? So they can use a plug in template like facebook or myspace. How useful is that? How do we bridge that gap between social networks and the real utility of the information super highway?


Kiwanji said...

Hi Doug-

I stopped by to see if you had been using your blog like I thought you would but from this post it seems like you've got bigger fish to fry. I hope all is well as you continue toward conclusion with the cohort and if you ever need to bounce something off someone, don't hesitate to contact me.


Spicher113 said...

I have fish to fry, yes. The b;og has just gotten away from me. Stop back in a few days...