First, an update from my previous entry:
My friendly freckled student and came to me today and told me, “I think I have someone for you.”
“Oh yeah?” I replied.
“Yeah, but I think she’s forty.”
Tech know? or Tech No?
“Next year when I begin talking about this project and how fun it is because I’ve forgotten, will you tell me ‘never again’?”
“What?” my cohort responded.
“You heard me. In fact, when I suggest it for next year, punch me in the face.”
That was the conversation that took place after school today, due to the poor decision I made to have my sixth graders use computers to make a project “fun”.
The problem is that sixth graders know nothing about computers. Now, you might think to yourself that these kids have grown up with computers. They’ve never known a world without the internet; they’re the iPod/Pad/Phone generation and whatnot. But friends, here’s the truth: they don’t have a clue about actual, real life computers. Yes they play games on iPhones. They can work a wii or pound a playstation with their eyes closed. However, they cannot double-click.
Having these students in the lab is a hair-greying experience. These kids can’t remember their passwords, have never seen the “save” icon, or know what a right-click means. I have literally had to walk students click by click through every facet of every instruction. I can’t give a command such as “save your work” because they have no idea what to do.
They get frustrated. I get frustrated. Their final products will suck, and I will have to watch them all.
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