Today, middle school students are constantly connected to the world around them through the Internet — for better or worse.
Middle school computer applications teachers have a tough job on their hands. Their generation of students have been exposed to advanced computer technology throughout their lives — long before they had to learn how to use it.
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Today, teachers throughout the United States are focusing more on prepping their students for their future careers. Some teachers do this by creating a life skills curriculum. Others make a soft skills curriculum. Sometimes, they made a career skills or employability skills curriculum. Surprisingly, all of these teachers mean the same thing – they just have different ways of saying it! That means some wires got crossed somewhere.
Today, the Internet has connected Americans unlike anything else in history. Students in middle school and high school have been born into a household that had high-speed Internet service, meaning many don’t know life without it. But even with that background, many students (and even teachers) ignore one of the Internet’s best qualities. Collaboration.
We’ve heard from thousands of teachers that their high school students need help learning good communication skills. Those same teachers say it’s because of the rise in messaging technology — especially text messaging. Students just don’t have the same face-to-face relationships that they had 20 years ago.
Information literacy is quickly becoming one of the most important topics to cover in schools across the United States. The threats of fake news, social media misinformation, and lightning-fast information transmission have made digital tools dangerous to handle — unless you handle them correctly.