It's perfectly understandable why many teachers feel this way and I have to admit that I felt the same way when I started my technology integration journey. The term "Digital Natives" has been etched in our minds about this current generation we are teaching and all the assumptions that come with that term. As I started integrating authentic technology layers into my daily routine, several questions kept circling around in my head:
- If the keyboard isn't obsolete, why aren't I teaching keyboarding skills? And is that my responsibility?
- Why don't some of my students know how to highlight text, insert pictures, use the shift key, type a web address into the web address bar, insert data into a spreadsheet, understand the importance of locking their screens, etc?
- Why are their digital research skills so poor? Does anyone know how to properly cite a source or evaluate the credibility of websites?
- Privacy settings? Who talks to them about the importance of creating strong passwords and respecting the online privacy of others? Do they know that commenting online could potentially be viewed by anyone?
- Why are some of my students inappropriate in an online environment and/or have difficulty staying on task when using digital tools?
This could very well be staged, but the point is that students need guidance when using technology for educational purposes which translates into self-assuredness when they enter the workforce. You are not obsolete!