Technology skills are
valuable to school success
You may be thinking that your middle schooler already knows all the
technology skills she needs. And it's true that most middle school
students are very savvy when it comes to the computer. But there
are some other technology skills you may not have considered that
are very valuable to your child's success in school:
- Judgment. Some of what your
child encounters online will be excellent and helpful information.
And a lot of it will be trash. Can your child tell the difference?
Monitor what your child sees online. Discuss the source with
- Planning. Ask your child,
"Once you find information online, what will you do with it? How
will it advance your learning?" Some uses for information found
online include adding it to research papers or using it to practice
- Creativity. Almost anyone
can create a computer slide show. Your child's teachers will expect
her to know how to do this. But is there some unexpected, exciting
way she can use and present the information she finds? How about
including audio or video in a presentation? Encourage her to use
all the tools at her disposal.