I am needing a theoretical background about computer illiteracy towards freshmen....I am needing your ideas about your theories towards computer illiteracy towards college freshmen students.......

I am needing a theoretical background about computer illiteracy towards freshmen....

I am needing your ideas about your theories towards computer illiteracy towards college freshmen students.... please help me....

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Most students who enter college will barely know how to use a computer.  Many really don't know how to do more than basic word processing.  Some can make a basic spreadsheet, but few can create a really complex one.  I think most can make a presentation, but again only a simple one.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Kumamom, you'll get more help here if you can be more specific about what it is you need. Are you writing a paper? If so, do you have a thesis statement? Are you saying that college freshmen are computer illiterate, or not? Are you looking for solutions to this problem?  Are you looking for research studies on the topic?  Give us more information and we'll try to help you.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I believe that in the US we generally credit students with more computer literacy than they actually possess. There are several reasons for this, one being that technology has advanced and changed so rapidly that we have not had time for standard behaviors such as manners to develop. Hence students may not know how to interact appropriately via email, social media, chats, etc.

Additionally, students using the computer tend to spend a lot of time on only a few activities. They may not know how to really work word and data processing programs. Students arriving at college often find that the college expects them to use the computer as a productivity tool, but since so much of their past experience has been in using it as a social or entertainment interface, they are technically computer illiterate, at least in the way that the college expects them to use the equipment.

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