My Freshman students were born in 1993. The Internet was already around. Personal computers had been around for a while.
Yesterday, I was explaining the essay format to them.
“The essays should be in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides,” I announce and notice the stunned faces of my students.
“Did anybody understand what I just said?” I ask.
“Noooo,” is the answer.
I open a Word document and show them. I also insert page numbers.
“OMG!” a student exclaims. “This is SO cool! I always write page numbers by hand but this is so much more convenient!”
Well, at least I don’t have to try hard to impress them. You know how professors sometimes fear their younger students will not find them sufficiently savvy about technology? I don’t think there is any danger of that.
Maybe the next time I’ll introduce them to the miracle of a light-bulb.
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So, this is a generation who thinks computers are only for playing games, Facebook-ing and Tweeting?
And porn. Don’t forget the porn.
I’ve had to explain to people how you really can type in other languages using Word. There are always people who aren’t very tech-savvy; some of them, I was surprised to learn, are seniors who decided to put off the language requirement until this year.
But if they’re seniors in a language 102 class, that means they should have gone through a language 101 class. Which means they should already have been introduced to this novel form of typing….
Does that involve using the character keyboard (in the program) or switching the language for the program? Because I’ve known how to do that for a while and I’ve never actually had anyone sit down and tell me “this is how you do it” in class.
Now if you asked me about Excel shortcuts, I would have no clue because I never really used it for work or in class.
We don’t use other languages in this particular class. In the past, though, I had to teach students in my Spanish classes how to assign characters to keys.
Huh, I learned all of that in elementary and middle school. We had keyboard lessons every afternoon for an hour. I wonder why these kids didn’t learn that.