Susan Ward

Teachers must give Scotland’s students a digital code to live by

Generation Z may be able to run rings around us all in terms of technical know-how but teachers are best placed to equip children with the real-world skills they need to avoid the pitfalls of an online existence, writes Susan Ward

Students need a digital code to live by

I have an old dial-up telephone that sits on my desk at school. I found it in my mother-in-law’s house and, like most things of a certain age, it has a comfortingly solid shape and feel to it, so I decided to keep it. It doesn’t work but, as an object of curiosity, it fits the bill perfectly. It never ceases to amaze me how much it baffles the children visiting my office. Not one of them has ever correctly identified it as a phone without some prompting.

Such is the world in which we live: in less than a generation, technology has evolved so rapidly as to render previously commonplace ...

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