I have been amazed that parents allow their student to leave high school without taking one computer class. I often hear comments, “They are a whiz with a computer, or I only wish I could keep up with what my son (daughter) can do on a computer”. Knowing how to post to or use a social media account or text is NOT computer savvy; anyone can quickly learn these skills.
Digital workplace skills require an in-depth understanding of digital literacy skills, software packages and yes, computer
programming skills. Not allowing students to receive instruction in these now core academic skills is severely limiting their chances for academic and professional growth.
So, I am playing with this idea as a professional goals for the 2013-2014 school year:
Creating instructional/informative material that will demonstrate to my students’ parents the importance of computer skills for
success in the workplace. Accessibility of the material to my parents should = 100%. Creativity in this accessibly is essential so that all parents feel informed and engaged. Online and print surveys will be used to provide feedback.