The Top 10 Tech Skills Your Teen Needs Now |

Which computer applications are important to your teen’s future, and which are distracting her from her homework? Here are the 10 tech skills your teen needs.

Source: The Top 10 Tech Skills Your Teen Needs Now |


Author: Jane Hoff

Middle School Librarian and Media Technician Guest Teacher, K - 12 BA, Sociocultural Anthropology, the University of Chicago, 1995 Graduate Student, Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, CA

2 thoughts on “The Top 10 Tech Skills Your Teen Needs Now |”

  1. Yes! This is such a true article and even applies to adults. My favorite item on the list is “email netiquette.” It’s amazing the number of students (and adults I work with) who use text messaging language (lol, “u” instead of “you”) instead of proper grammar. In the work setting, there should be more professional language being used, as well as greetings and closings. Also, no one really seems to know what the subject line is for (including me). We could all use a refresher course on how to professionally use technology. We should also be encouraging our kids and students to use it properly the first time, instead of allowing them to build bad habits that end up being hard to break.


    1. I was really happy to see netiquette on the list too! It has been a great concern of mine working with middle schoolers that students leave here with as many of these skills as possible. Sometimes we forget that we weren’t born knowing how to manage our calendars, or insert a proper header into our documents! In fact, most of the skills on this list require someone to demonstrate or teach students. For instance, when I was in high school, typing was an elective course. Today, most students learn to type on their own – through doing, but not necessarily correctly. I show students on a daily basis where the formatting keys are in the word processing program, or explain that “tab” should be used for indenting rather than the space bar. And of course, teaching how to efficiently and effectively use an internet search engine or database is of utmost importance for life long learning skills. It’s never too early to learn!


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