Computer Literacy: Does knowing how to drive = understanding cars?

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Of course not.

So why do people believe that they “know” about computers simply because they can use Word, or iTunes, or some other app? (Or even a lot of apps…)

It is high time that we accept the fact that “technology” is here to stay and that we have become as reliant on computers as we are on electricity.

Does that mean everyone needs to know what I know about computing (I have 2 degrees in CS and taught it for 25+ years)? Hardly.

Does it mean everyone should know something about how this stuff actually works? You bet it does!

Here’s a great reason: You need to learn enough so that you are no longer at the mercy of IT people who try and tell you what is and is not possible or reasonable.

A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet – NYTimes.com.

“We know that we’re not going to turn the 99 percent of people interested in learning to code into the 1 percent who are really good at it,” said Mr. Sims of Codecademy. “There’s a big difference between being code-literate and being a good programmer.”

You are fooling yourself if you think knowing how to use other people’s apps makes you literate. It’s like believing you know about cars simply because you can drive.

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