Myth 2: If You Can Swipe, You Can Type
Through experimentation, students as young as pre-kindergarten can learn how to manipulate applications by swiping and using their thumbs to type. But assuming students who can swipe can just as easily type does our students an injustice. Almost all technology input performed is still done through the keyboard. Students who do not have adequate typing skills are at a serious disadvantage when it comes to producing projects and communicating in the 21st century.
Myth 3: Sticks, Stones, and Words
The expression, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” originated as a stock response to verbal bullying in school playgrounds. Today, due to the pervasive nature of communication devices, the impact of words is much broader and more persistent. Words shared online can be amplified thousands of times over, hurtful messages can be anonymously posted, and content on the internet can have a life extending weeks, months, or indefinitely. It’s important to not only teach students the hurtful nature of bullying through words, but the extent to which cyberbullying can have a multiplying impact far beyond the initial impression.
Myth 4: If It’s on the Web, Then It Must Be True
A topic that’s at the forefront of everyone’s minds right now is the escalation of fake news and misinformation, whether it is intentional or not. Many adults and students still believe the web to be a reliable source of news, but the ability to determine if information comes from credible or unreliable sources is becoming increasingly difficult. Teaching students how to recognize fake news is the best defense against the spread of misinformation and an integral aspect of technology skills.
Myth 5: Coding Is Only Important for Computer Science Careers
Not every student is going to write a book, but knowing how to read and write is essential to succeeding in today’s world. Similarly, coding skills are no longer just for those looking to enter a career in computer science. Indeed, coding is elemental to 21st century students’ technology skills repertoire. Coding is based on computational thinking competencies, including algorithms, patterns, modeling, and decomposition, as well as skills like complex problem-solving and understanding how to implement and test processes. Computational thinking can be applied across a broad range of disciplines, not just coding, and will be critical for students’ career readiness.
Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Learning.com’s equip blog and is reposted here with permission.
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