It’s a simple mix of confidence and knowledge. You know that quote–10% knowledge, 90% sweat. Technology is the same. The kid who has the confidence to try and knows the basics will come across as always knowing the answers.
Here are the posts that will get you there:
- Solve the most common computer problems. There aren’t that many. Most of them start with “Is the computer/monitor on?”
- Use keyboard shortcuts. They’re easier to remember and make you look clever
- Know the right words for what you’re talking about. Just enough you sound like you know your stuff, but don’t overdo it. Think of the last techie guy who helped you with your computer problem. If he used computer jargon, you had confidence in his ability. If he used too much, you didn’t feel like you could talk to him
- Be a decent keyboarder. Nothing spells competence like knowing your way around the keyboard. A couple of months over the summer will do this, and you’ll reap the benefits the rest of your life
- Know the basics of the most common program you use. If it’s MS Word, Google Earth, wikispaces. Take the time to learn enough that you’re comfortable.
Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.