Educators may never breach the digital divide–and that’s okay.
A report published in March by the Educational Testing Service shows that the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in digital literacy. U.S. millennials scored almost last when tested on their ability to understand and interact effectively with digital technology when compared with other developed countries. [Read the eCampus News story, “Shocking data reveals Millennials lack skills across board.”]
The results are shocking, and indicate the need for better and increased tech education starting at younger ages. But are educators equipped with the digital knowledge needed to teach a curriculum more focused on computing?
The U.S. needs to become more digitally literate to keep up with the global economy, but many educators will likely never understand technology on the level they need to in order to teach the subject with confidence.
Here are two reasons why teachers will never breach the digital divide:
1.The Divide is Large.
Our recent report highlights the gap between educators and student digital literacy levels. The second annual State of Video in Education report surveyed more than 1,200 professionals in education worldwide and looked at the perceived gap between educators’ and students’ digital literacy levels.
Among respondents, 40 percent said students’ digital literacy levels are very good, compared to just 23 percent for educators.
The gap is clear.
As younger, more digitally-savvy teachers join the workforce, the gap may improve in the short-term. But technology never stops moving, and in the long run, students will always know more about the latest technology than their older teachers.
(Next page: The second reason why educators won’t master technology; what can be done?)