Five technology skills every student should learn

2. Critical thinking

“Critical thinking; from not texting while driving … to understanding the difference between face time and screen time … to employing sound thinking and decision making in each tech area and with each decision. You might find a wife, job, or car on Google, but you still have to nurture the relationship, show up with clean pants, and put oil in the thing; the skill, the tool, the ‘app’  aren’t the final destination.” —Ed McManis, head of school, Sterne School, San Francisco, Calif.

“It is using technology in the questioning of what is known and unknown; developing new facts or theories from what is known; questioning assumptions and fact with new knowledge and facts. These are the skills needed, not an office suite or set of things.” —Dr. Neil Schaal, director of grants management, EAGLE-Net Alliance

See also:

Why more schools aren’t teaching web literacy—and how they can start

Web literacy: Where the Common Core meets common sense

Are kids all that techno-smart? Maybe not

“The most important technology skill that students need to learn in the 21st century is learning how to learn. When students are equipped with this skill, they will know what resources to seek out and what methods to apply to help them gain the knowledge and skills they need.” —Mamzelle Adolphine

3. The science behind the technology

“It is dumbfounding how, in this day and age, educators still think learning a specific piece of software or using a specific piece of hardware is important for ‘technology’ learning. When will there be real technology-literate people in education? The issue is not what piece of software/hardware to educate our future leaders about, but what it takes to make the software and piece of hardware.

“I’ve never heard an adolescent educator or student talk about any number system other than base 10. I’m always amazed when I mention another system (binary?) when in a math class—the students’ looks and comments are those of someone who thinks you are from some other planet! Let’s get back to the issue: Teach the science, math, and history behind the technology and how to communicate this information … within the curriculum already in place.” —M12954

Meris Stansbury

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