|File types? File management? Yeah, the latest batch|
of digital natives don't do that any more.
I got a call from a business computer lab saying Photoshop wasn't opening student .jpg files. Jpegs are a common picture file format and photoshop is more than capable of opening them. This wasn't a technical failure, it was the much more common human kind. I asked a student to show me how they saved their file as a jpeg. They selected save and then typed in .jpg at the end of the file and saved. Photoshop defaults to save in the .psd file format that is lossless and keeps layering data. It makes for a bigger file, but you keep all your image data. Jpeg is popular because it compresses files quite drastically with an equivalent loss to quality, the result is a much smaller and simpler file that works well online.
PSDs and JPGs are nothing like the same file. Windows only looks to the file extension (the .jpg part of picture.jpg) to see how to open it. If you call a file a jpeg that isn't a jpeg, you've caused the error. This is exactly what these digital natives had done. All they had to do was 'save as' and select jpeg for this to work, but they don't know what they don't know.
|Living in the cloud means more is being taken care of for|
you, meaning you know even less about what's happening
|Thank goodness for preview icons, otherwise I'd have|
no idea what was going on.
It's frustrating enough when a student says they can't find you a document they swear they made and then shows you a google docs directory full of something called 'untitled document', but the new normal is to expect students to have no idea how or where a computer saves a file. Network dependency and having someone else manage your data is the new normal.
|Do you have digital expertise or do you just have|
the same simplistic habits repeated over and over?
Virtual Private Network: they were made so that people away from a corporate network could create a tunnel across the internet to the local network and work as though they were in the building. Any data in that tunnel is very difficult to see. That's what makes it handy for avoiding blocks - the board network can't easily read what's happening in that encrypted tunnel. Needless to say, this also produces a lot of lag and network traffic as everything you access over the network is waiting on VPN relays and contains the data needed to access that VPN as well.
VPNs have turned into fake network addresses with companies offering a remote connection for a price (so you can pretend you're American and get better Netflix). If it's free, I imagine they are mining your data in the best case or phishing for passwords and financial information in the worst case - I'm willing to bet none of our students pay for their VPN usage so they're all playing a dangerous game with hackers. Using a VPN means you're passing all of your data through an unknown server (unless you set one up yourself - which I'm willing to bet none of our students know how to do).
Since all your traffic is coming from the VPN server address (and these change all the time), blocks to sites like YouTube don't work because it doesn't look like you're going to YouTube. I wonder what the incidents of corrupted credit cards are with our free-VPN using student phones. I'm willing to bet the vast majority of our VPN using students don't know what VPN stands for or what it is - it's just an app someone told them to download that means Snapchat in class.