The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

My students, like every adolescent, have their phones in their hands all day. They are in constant contact with their friends, and don't miss an opportunity to take pictures of themselves or their lunch. To the adults around them they may seem very tech-savvy, but the adults should know better. The kids certainly know how to use Instagram and Snapchat, but they don’t know how to insert a picture into a Word document without screwing up the whole page. They stay in their lane.

I thought I would someday be out of a job because the kids would just naturally learn everything before they got to me, but it’s still not happening. They get to sixth grade still not even knowing how to double space a paragraph or create a simple chart. These aren’t highbrow skills; these are tasks that they will need to know how to do. They will need to present their knowledge in ways to efficiently communicate their thoughts, and it’s my job to show them the best possible way.

What I teach rounds out their technology knowledge, heck, its most of their technology knowledge. My job is to take them out of their safe lane and teach them how to drive in all the lanes, even the fast ones. They will work at jobs that haven’t been invented yet, so I need to teach them skills for those jobs. I owe them my best efforts, and I need to teach skills that are creative and effective.

I take my responsibilities seriously and I’m honored to have this task.

Views: 102


You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

Comment by Antonio Rosa on April 8, 2017 at 9:47am

So true.

Comment by Roger Katz on January 28, 2017 at 2:34pm

I have discovered that the kids today do not seem to have the tech savvy or know-how of us older generations. They have never been taught to manipulate the software like we were back in the 1980's and 1990's. All they have learned how to do is use the software.


Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Christine Hinkley posted events
7 hours ago
Stella posted a blog post

A Great Scientist

Harley Kennedy is a great scientist and UK assignment writers with passion since 1992 currently residing in Canada Free Assignment Help Online Writing. She was bred and born in California and did her schooling from there only. Today she is running her own online writing firm operating in 50+ countries of the world.See More
10 hours ago
Stella updated their profile
11 hours ago
Dina Indelicato posted a blog post

Tips to Master Writing an Essay in Foreign Language

With the world more connected than ever before, there are a lot of opportunities to study, work and live anywhere in the world. The thing is, if you’re going to study, work or life in a foreign country then you might well be pressed to learn and write in the language spoken there.To be…See More
Mar 13
James Jon posted a blog post

Get the Best Assignment Help for Economics

To do well in economics, students must develop a depth understanding of many theories of economics. To get the updated information students must read the newspaper. Every student doesn’t have the ability to do the economics assignment because it includes not only the economics theories and definitions but also contains the…See More
Mar 9
Profile IconDr. Brian K. Perkins, Karla Gunnoe, Amber Mann and 4 more joined The Educator's PLN
Mar 7
John Wolfgang updated their profile
Mar 7
Mailys Carles posted a blog post

GlobalExam is hiring!

In 2015, GlobalExam offered to the candidates the TOEIC, TOEFL & HSK trainings, the first online platform dedicated to language proficiency test preparation. Today, the platform helps 120 000 people succeed in 13 different tests in English, Spanish, German, Mandarin and French. Tomorrow, we plan on having trainings for 15 tests in total…We are moving fast, very fast, and more teachers are needed to keep providing learners with high quality content in order for them to succeed.If you are a…See More
Mar 7

Awards And Nominations

© 2018   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service