While getting ready to report for planning days (we call it Faculty Forum at my school), I ran across this Evernote note: Tech Skills to Explicitly Teach in 2014-15.
Every one of these items bugged the hell out of me last year. Then I realized no one’s ever taught them these skills and it’s appropriate to learn them in freshman year. As you read my list, what would you add? Remove? Remember, these kids are freshmen in a school with 1-to-1 laptops.
- Taking good photos and drawing good diagrams for technical papers. Cause this Quaker Oats crap above isn’t cutting it for me.
- Dem backgrounds distract me in photos.
- Technical drawing 101: Dimensions on diagrams, front/side/top views as necessary.
- Correct & quick MLA formatting.
- double spacing
- paper title
- the header section (with names and class)
- page numbers
- Ways to share numbers.
- bulleted lists
- but almost never listed out in a paragraph
- Contextual hyperlinking.
- Using headings.
- Math Stuff because I’ve seen enough “sqrt” as below.
- Inserting symbols (º, Ω).
- Writing equations in a word processor.
- Performing calculations in Excel.
The list is ambitious but I believe this set of skills to be infinitely useful. We write our first research paper on the physics of musical instruments in September.
Homework: What would you add to my tech skills teaching list? Remove? Remember, these kids are freshmen in a school with 1-to-1 laptops.