What’s the Goal?
There exists a philosophy of technology that states we should be dedicating specific time in our school day to teach students finite skills of operating computing technology. That in order to prepare our students properly for the world, we must teach them how to word process and how to operate Power Point and how to keyboard. The computing instruction is an end goal. The students should learn these skills because the skills themselves are the important part of technology, and if we don’t stop throughout the day and teach them how to specifically operate the tools or applications within a computer, we will be failing to equip our future.
I’ve had discussions with individuals who say they’d rather see the students learn technology skills in isolation, and it isn’t necessary to embed or even relate this instruction to curricular content or goals. The important part is that students learn how to operate the computer and properly work the word processing application.
I’ve found this to be a fairly popular philosophy and culture in many circles of public opinion.
So, you are in this conversation with someone. Someone who believes adamantly that we must focus time and energy and effort on explicitly teaching students how to operate specific technology. Someone who says we should have a checklist of computer proficiencies for each student so that we will know they can operate a computer successfully. That if we fail to do so, we will be failing to prepare our students to succeed in the future.
And you respond by saying…