Does Not Compute

Does Not Compute

Does Not Compute

Date posted: September 3, 2015

Adults, Computers and Problem Solving: What’s the Problem?, the OECD report described in yesterday’s blogpost, found that skill in problem solving using technology is associated with age. But, Does Not Compute: the high cost of low technology skills in the U.S. and what we can do about it found that we can’t assume that digital natives (people who grew up with computers and the Internet) are tech savvy.

Analyzing data for millennials from the 2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Changing Equations, an American nonprofit promoting STEM education, discovered that using technology often does not equate with using it well.

Click the image below for the full infographic on the report highlights.

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This report is based on data for American millennials and we haven’t seen a report yet for Canadian millennials. But the report recommendations could be used to help develop problem solving skills using technology in many settings:

  • Use technology to solve real world challenges.
  • Share lessons from business.
  • Target underserved populations.
  • Teach the teachers.

For more detail, read the research brief here.

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