Monthly Archives: November 2012

Kids Don’t Know Everything


In the Spring of 2012, every eighth grade student in the state of South Carolina took a technology proficiency assessment based on ISTE’s NETS standards. Only thirty-five percent of those students were identified as proficient (earning a score of seventy percent or higher). The results of this assessment show children are vastly deficient in technology proficiency; yet most children seem pretty comfortable with today’s digital tools. Additionally, adults seem fairly confident in the ability of children to master technology as well. Our students can bypass protective filters and turn screens sideways or upside down when a teacher isn’t looking, but that doesn’t mean they know how to effectively use emerging technologies to enhance their learning environment.

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