It’s a common question: “How do I teach my students to use a technology that I don’t fully understand myself?” Or, more common still: “I use that technology all the time, but I just don’t feel comfortable teaching it.” So here are some of the issues that arise with teaching technology, and some tips for addressing them.
Yes, we’ve all heard the complaint: my students don’t know how to send an e-mail. It’s just like those complaints from professors who say they’re students don’t know how to write – it’s less an issue of “skill” and more an issue of genre awareness. Here are some ways to help:
Writing is about communication. Regardless of technology – whether you’re speaking to the group or sending out an e-mail – you need to set an example for your students. E-mails, in particular, offer a good example of how to start.