“Today’s students don’t just see their computers and mobile devices as consumption screens and have the ability to turn them on. They are widely using them as tools of self-expression, research and analysis.”
I work in education, and see the exact opposite of this statement. Most students know how to look at tiktok and snapchat, usually while drooling, but don’t really understand their devices. And forget about them finding their way around a desktop environment. Of course, that could be just saying something to the area in which I live in.
No, I agree, I think there’s a large majority of tech-illiterate users. Yes they can use their devices, but they show little to no willingness or ability to learn more complicated systems. Moderately advanced features of spreadsheets seem to be out of reach for them. I’m assuming you’ve read this? http://coding2learn.org/blog/2013/07/29/kids-cant-use-computers/
I mean, we like to ridicule dumb users but it’s not like most of us know how to do an oil change to our cars, or how to fill our taxes, or the basics of playing an instrument or a sport, how to cook (properly/healthy), or how to interact with other human being without being complete weirdos. If “no code” is the generation of youngsters who want to build software without writing code, are we the generation that wants a car that works without maintenance, paying taxes filled out by somebody else, and good food at your doorstep with subscription boxes?