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You hear it all the time.  The Net Generation.  The Millennials.  The connected 
generation.  So much more tech savvy than adults.  And yet.....

 Our AP History students have been instructed to get their works cited word 
documents to me by whatever electronic means they can.  Here is what I have seen:

About half of those who chose email as a way to send it - did not know how to send 
it as an attachment - so they just did a copy/paste into the body of the email, 
thus losing all the formatting.

Several had no CDs to save their work on - only floppy disks and the school has no 
floppy drives.

Some had  no idea how to use a flash drive

Others were completely flumoxed on how to share a file with someone else - so they 
gave me their EasyBib number instead.  This actually worked quite well.  I think I 
will tell everyone to do that next year.

And we just cut a teaching position - the teacher who taught basic computer skills. 
 Sigh.....   I wonder how many district administrators have been taken in by this 
insidious myth.  Yes - kids spend hours online - but there are still significant 
gaps in basic computing skills.


"The Librarian, whose job is to heal ignorance, to keep life safe for poetry and to 
put knowledge smack dab in the middle of the American way."

From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9-20-03
Jacquie Henry, MLS
Ruben A. Cirillo High School (GHS)
Gananda Central School District
3195 Wiedrick Road
P.O. Box 609
Macedon, NY  14502
315-986-3521 x 3144
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