The Myth of the Tech-Savvy Student

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David Plunkert for The Chronicle

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David Plunkert for The Chronicle

When I began teaching a course called "Writing for the Web," three years ago, I pictured myself scrambling to keep up with my plugged-in, tech-savvy students. I was sure I was in over my head. So I was stunned to discover that most of the 20-year-olds I meet know very little about the Internet, and even less about how to communicate effectively online.

The media present young people as the audacious pilots of a technological juggernaut. Think Napster, Twitter, Facebook. Given that the