Students are arguably the single most important group of consumers of new technologies and digital trends. That being said, students today are grasping technology much faster than previous generations. While we’ve covered plenty on digital literacy and the importance of teaching good digital citizenship skills, students today need more to survive in this competitive digital age. What they need is to become tech-savvy.
Well, the word itself is actually quite new. So new to a point where many dictionaries don’t even have a clear definition for it yet. Oxford Dictionary defines it as someone who is, “well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology, especially computers.” However, this begs the questions: What technologies? Which computers?
Instead of trying to define the specific qualities of what it means to be tech-savvy, we’ve compiled a short list of habits that many tech-savvy students of today share:
It takes more than computer skills and online know-how to become tech-savvy. Teaching our students awareness on how to properly use these tools can have a great impact on their future and success. We will continue to explore this critical success factor in next week’s issue. Stay tuned.
Have some time to spare? Here are the top 10 reasons for the importance of technology in education.
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