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I happened across this article recently entitled, "Why I Taught My Students to Email (And Maybe You Should Too)"
The observation that impacted me the most was the statement, "I don't know why it didn't hit me before...many of our students do not know how to email." This statement aligns to the widely held misconception that children are "automatically good with technology" and do not require much additional training.
According to Techopedia.com
- "A digital native is an individual who was born after the widespread adoption of digitaltechnology. The term digital native doesn't refer to a particular generation. Instead, it is a catch-all category for children who have grown up using technology like the Internet, computers and mobile devices."
True, there are some things that digital natives are good at. Children seem to learn technology at a faster rate than their adult counterparts. However, students still must learn how to use the technology from somewhere. Whether it be at home, school, or socially, students must learn the skills that many of us falsely assume is common knowledge.
This case example, how to write an email, is something that I believe should be taught in school. This is a skill that is widely used across many occupations. Learning how to properly structure emails to increase the effectiveness of written communication is a very useful skill.