Assessing the Technology
Literacy of K-12 Students
The popular wisdom is that kids in classrooms today are far more comfortable with technology than are most of their parents and teachers. Stories of plugged-in kids surfing the Web, text-messaging friends, posting to blogs, and playing multiuser games—often at the same time—can make us forget that not all K-12 students enjoy the same access to these technologies and resources. The fact that many students surf the Internet and chat online every day does not necessarily mean they have the technology skills they need to succeed in the 21st century. How can we go beyond these popular images and anecdotes to accurately measure students' ability to use technology effectively for learning?