From Dave Andrade: 10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have

This article from January came across my Twitter feed earlier this week. To be honest, I was a little skeptical prior to clicking through as most lists like this I’ve read have, in my opinion, fallen short of what students actually need in 2012. I’m glad I clicked through though because Dave Andrade has compiled a nice list here. The 10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have includes:

  1. Internet searching
  2. Office suite skills
  3. Self learning of tech and where to go for help
  4. Typing
  5. Social Media
  6. Netiquette
  7. Safety and Security
  8. Hardware basics and troubleshooting
  9. Backup data
  10. Finding apps and software

He actually added an 11th after he posted originally, “Copyright and Citing Sources.”

In his post, Dave talks about why each are important and has linked to resources for each of the 11 that provide more information and help. It’s a great link to click through and read and share with students. These are skills all of us need to be teaching in our classrooms. While I touch on all of them at some point throughout the year in varying degrees, I was inspired to do a bit more in the coming months and I found the list as a helpful reminder of the types of skills we need to be stressing with our students (and ourselves).

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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2 thoughts on “From Dave Andrade: 10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have

  • October 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Aaron — Thanks for sharing the list and the link to Dave Andrade’s post. As you say, it’s a good reminder to us as teachers that we should be setting up opportunities for students to work on these skills. And a good reminder that we need to practice these ourselves. I think I’ll backup my files after reading this.

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