In a piece that I posted way back in 2008 (“How Did You Get On The Information Superhighway?), I pointed out that many students are not what we could call computer literate. Now it might be that I should have said technologically literate instead of computer literate because our society has evolved from a collection of items to a combination of items.
But having a device that allows you to make phone calls and search the web and send messages and take pictures doesn’t mean that you really know what you are doing. As I said a couple of weeks ago, , “What Does It Take?”, what we have is really a very fancy and, perhaps, expensive toy. We have all of this wonderful technology but we don’t know how to use it.
And now, some of the experts are beginning to say the same thing; see http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/07/16/techliteracy.
When you consider some of the challenges that we face in today’s society, we desperately need to be ahead of the curve. Right now, it appears that we are on the upside of the curve and falling back.
I welcome your thoughts.