Students know how to use technology. We hear constantly about how young people today are digital natives. This does not mean they understand the best use for technology however. Nor does it mean they expand their horizons when new programmes and applications are available. Humans love habit, hence we do things the same way, over and over…(what’s the definition of insanity again…?)
As educators though, we need to actively demonstrate a range of ways to complete digital tasks. This chart is handy, as it displays the apps for the equivalent pen and paper task. Using this as a guideline, you could easily explain to students how the work they are completing is like the app they used the week previous, or vice versa.
This site has a list of great educational apps for both primary and secondary students. As teachers we need to check these thoroughly before using; do they suit our student’s abilities, year level, and knowledge bases? Does it cost money? Is there a free alternative?
While this post has digressed a bit, I hope I’m highlighting that it is important students have a variety of educational experiences. Being a truly effective digital native will mean students can adapt and move between tasks with minimal fuss, and more willing to try new tasks.