10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have

1/31/2012 12:00:00 AM



Earlier this month, I wrote "10 Important Skills Students Need for the Future." After reading a few articles about specific tech skills, I thought I write what I think are the 10 Important Tech Skills Students Need.


1. Internet Search - students need to know how to do a proper internet search, using search terms and modifiers. This skill is needed for school, work and life in general.

Tips on Better Searches (from Google)

Infographic on Better Searches

Common Craft Video on Web Search Strategies



2. Office Suite Skills - students need to now how to create, edit, and modify documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. Businesses still use MS Office for the most part, but iWorks, OpenOffice / LibreOffice, and Google Docs are all getting more popular. They all work similarly so the learning curve when switching isn't that big.

Alternatives to MS Office

Free Alternatives to Paid Software



3. Self learning of tech and where to go for help - knowing how to search a help menu on software or hardware, where to go to find user forums for help, and where to find the manual for technology is a huge skill that many do not know about.


Free Tech Tips and Help

TechEase - technology tips

Online Tech Tips - hardware, software, and more

Tech Support help




4. Typing - yes, typing. I can get much more work done since I know how to type, then people who don't. It's a skill that is necessary for any kind of writing.

Learn to Type



5. Social Media - how to properly use social media for school and work, how to protect yourself on it, the issues of cyberbullying, connecting with others in your profession (PLN).

Twitter, Google+, Facebook comparison

Twitter, Facebook, RSS, Email, Google+ - tips on use

Facebook and Google+ security and privacy

Common Craft Video on Social Media

Create a Personal Learning Network



6. Netiquette - Internet/Email/Social Media etiquette - proper way to use the internet, write professional emails, use social media in relation to your job (not complaining about the boss).

Netiquette - Wikipedia



7. Security and Safety - antivirus, spam, phishing, too much personal information sharing, stalkers, and more are all issues they need to know about.

Internet Safety Resources

Google Family Safety Center

Google Good to Know online safety and internet data

Common Craft Video on Secure Passwords



8. Hardware basics and troubleshooting - knowing what different parts of technology are called, how to make minor fixes, and how to do basic troubleshooting for WiFi, networks, OS won't load, etc.

Free Tech Tips and Help

TechEase - technology tips

Online Tech Tips - hardware, software, and more

Tech Support help



9. Backup data - with all of the data that students create for school and work, it is important to back it up and have access to it at any time.

Backup your Data - tools and resources

Google Takeout - export your Google data



10. Finding apps and software - how to find, evaluate, and use apps for school and business. Also, how to find quality, free alternatives to paid software, apps and services.

Quixey - Search engine for apps

Free Alternatives to Paid Software

Google Apps Resources

Free Apps

On device apps/software vs. web apps

SmartPhone Experts - apps, reviews, tech tips, and more for all smartphones




What do you think are the top tech skills students need to know?


Bonus:


11. Copyright and Citing Sources - students need to understand copyright laws and rules, how to cite a resource, and how to integrate someone else's work into their's properly.

Taking the Mystery out of Copyright

Citation Help



Also found a similar list here: http://staffroomhq.com/2012/01/23/10-essential-tech-skills-students-need-to-know/

 
Check that out too! 




Cross posted atEducational Technology Guy and viaTwitter

David Andrade is a Physics Teacher and Educational Technology Specialist in Connecticut. He is the author of theEducational Technology Guy blog, where he reviews free educational technology resources for teachers, discusses ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning, and discusses other issues in education. 
He is also a professional development trainer and presenter at conferences, helping educators learn new and innovative ways to educate students. He is also a Discovery Education STAR Educator and member of the CT DEN Leadership Council. 

Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of his employer.




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