It’s impossible to keep up with every innovation and technological change. Rather than scramble to try the newest things, seek out technologies that are time tested while still remaining useful.
New York Times writer Kevin Kelly spent the last year focused on teaching his son to be technologically literate and in the process came up with a few rules for technological literacy in the 21st century.
Even so, as technology floods the rest of our lives, one of the chief habits a student needs to acquire is technological literacy – and we made sure it was part of our curriculum. By technological literacy, I mean the latest in a series of proficiencies children should accumulate in school. Students begin with mastering the alphabet and numbers, then transition into critical thinking, logic and absorption of the scientific method. Technological literacy is something different: proficiency with the larger system of our invented world. It is close to an intuitive sense of how you add up, or parse, the manufactured realm. We don’t need expertise with every invention; that is not only impossible, it’s not very useful. Rather, we need to be literate in the complexities of technology in general, as if it were a second nature.
The quote in the image above is a blend of two of his rules: “The older the technology, the more likely it will continue to be useful” and “Find the minimum amount of technology that will maximise your options”. Check out the full article below for more insights.