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More Than Reading and Writing

Karl Fisch is grumpy.

And he uses a post at TechLearning to rant about people (especially teachers) who are technologically illiterate and proud of it.

The original post offered three “wishes” for educators.

1. All educators must achieve a basic level of technological capability.
2. People who do not meet the criterion of #1 should be embarrassed, not proud, to say so in public.
3. We should finally drop the myth of digital natives and digital immigrants.

Amen to all three, although the key here is to define “basic level”. After time to think, and when I’m a little grumpier, I’ll put together my ideas on that topic.

But back to Karl, who continues by discussing the place of technologically literacy in the 21st century, ending with this very pointed statement.

If a teacher today is not technologically literate – and is unwilling to make the effort to learn more – it’s equivalent to a teacher 30 years ago who didn’t know how to read and write.

No, Karl. It’s not extreme at all.

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1 Comment

  1. Dave

    Imagine a world where Karl’s #2 applied everywhere — where people actively tried to learn things they didn’t know.

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