Today, Treehouse CRO, Mike Fox spoke at SXSWedu about the power of digital literacy with his talk, #johnnycantcode. Even if you don’t code for a living, having a basic understanding of technology and how it works is fundamental. As Fox explained, “Digital literacy is as important as basic literacy. Coding is now a basic skill.” The need and demand for these skills is no longer restricted to tech, they’re in every industry.
The heart of digital literacy is well summarized by Marc Andreessen’s theory, the equation “Software eats X.” Fundamentally, it means software and internet services consume everything around us. To stay relevant, we need to work with the tools available to us or risk falling far behind. The solution is to train teachers alongside students and bring people to a space where they are comfortable with how technology works, and how it impacts our lives.
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This week, we also heard some amazing speakers and panels tell stories and share research, and we got to sit down with a few to talk more about all sorts of topics related to education and technology. Here are four main themes that stood out to us from SXSWedu 2017:
Don’t be afraid to break things
It’s the best way to learn what does and doesn’t work. Both students and teachers should.
There is a place for everyone at the tech table
You don’t have to be good at every aspect of tech, find what you like to do and do it.
You can prepare for the future of tech now
Building creativity as a skill and challenging assumptions is the best way to prepare for our unknowable tech future.
Always be learning
School doesn’t end in 12th grade or after college, everyone should consider themselves lifelong learners.
This was short and sweet, but don’t worry! You’ll hear more about all of these soon.