Purpose Of This Site
Welcome to “Knowledge Is Power – Computer Literacy in the 21st Century”. This is my blog to help raise computer literacy for… well, anyone who’s interested.
As a teacher of technology who recently graduated from college and who is currently working on a masters program in technology education and working in an online school, I’ve really been seeing a need out there for more computer literacy in the public. I mean, we live in a society where our lives 10 years ago was vastly different than it is today. It might not seem like it, but really, technology wise, it is. Think about all the changes that have occurred in just the last 10 years regarding technology.
10 years ago you didn’t “Google” something. You could, but chances are, if you were like me, you didn’t even know Google existed yet. (By the way, interesting bits of information on the History of Google on http://www.google.com/about/company/history/#2004)
10 years ago you didn’t “Facebook” someone. Facebook didn’t launch until 2004.
10 years ago you didn’t “Youtube” something. Youtube wasn’t born until 2005.
10 years ago you didn’t have personalized internet radio (Pandora).
We could go on and on about the different web tools that we lacked 10 years ago (not to mention the new devices that have been popping up, from ipods/ipads/iphones, to televisions with USB ports, to Furbies that are every bit as creepy as the ones from 15 years ago, though with a tinge of cuteness about their digital eyes), but I think I’ll stop there.
There’s been a pressing weight on my shoulders to provide people with some form of free, brief, easy-to-follow tutorials on basic web 2.0 tools that will help to liberate our society from this web-literacy deficit. The focus will be web literacy, and will start out focusing on blogging and Google, but other basic computer functionality may come out in the posts as well.
I had a professor at BYU tell me “One of the tricks to technology is that you need to control it and not let it control you.” This same professor also talked about how Literacy in the 21st century isn’t the same Literacy as was in the 20th Century. Literacy use to be simply the 3 R’s – Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic, but now with technology advancements, it’s that and more. I feel like so often we let technology control us because we know so little about it and feel like trying to understand it is too difficult, will take too much time, or will require me to go back to school, but that’s not the case. Hopefully this blog will help you, or someone you know, become more acquainted with that technology which surrounds us and begin to control that which so easily controls us. Hopefully you’ll find the short posts helpful with beginning your own blog, learning how to safely share information online, learning to better communicate on facebook, and learning how to stay on top of the news in a new and fun way.
To get an idea of who the man is that is writing you currently, check out the “JustPlainMe“. I look forward to diving into Computer Literacy with you and tackling the literacy beast head on!
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