Every year, I see some improvement in the knowledge and skills set of our freshman class. They are smarter, more knowledgeable, and easier to teach.
Except for one area.
Computer literacy. It’s plummeting, folks. Every year, it gets worse. More and more students have no idea what to do with a computer. The simplest tasks are insurmountable. Everybody knows the capital of Paraguay, which was unthinkable 10 years ago, but nobody knows how to leave a comment on a blog. Like, seriously, people don’t know how to find a comment box. This was also unthinkable 10 years ago.
It’s the smartphones, obviously. The app mentality kills computer literacy.
It’s funny that oldsters like me are a lot more tech-savvy than 20-year-olds. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. The stereotype of a fuddy-duddy old professor fumbling around with technology and asking students for help has been turned upside down. Now it’s us, ancient fuddy-duddies stunning the young ‘uns with our knowledge of tech.