To be able to sign up for my next classes next semester, I'm required to take and pass a computer literacy test. I downloaded a practice test yesterday and couldn't pass it. I was shocked by the questions. I not I'm not the most tech savvy person, but I didn't think I was that illiterate.
What's wrong with me?
I started to think about it and realized there are good reasons for me having a difficult time with this:
- I don't text, I don't have an iPhone or any PDA. My cell phone is just that - a phone.
- I'm slow to join in many of the latest social networks. I never MySpaced. I eventually joined Facebook and last night, I joined Twitter. I don't know what to do with Twitter, but my second paper due in my library class is about social networks and their relevance to the library. I can't write about one of the most popular social networks if I've never used it.
-I haven't been in the work force in 13 years! When I worked last, we were using WordPerfect 6.0! Most people didn't have cell phone. There were no PDAs at all! I had just learned to use the Internet. Nothing was digital. The copier I ran simply made copies. Your options on the copier were lighter/darker, number of copies and start!
I've had no need to learn more technology that I needed at home. Now I'm expected to take a test about programs I don't know about and try and figure out the purpose of gadgets I've never used. My husband says not to stress, just study. I'll study, but I'm still stressed. I have to pass or I can't continue my program next semester.