According to the California Department of Education, students should have learned basic word-processing by the 6th grade (P.34). The reason is “reading, writing, listening, and speaking are related processes.” In other words, in order to learn how to speak, a student must learn to listen as well. Very humbly, I’d like to add one more skill to require students to learn: how to watch.
Childish Editing Tools
I think it’s fair to say at this point that over the next ten years, children will be expected as early as middle school
to know how to edit video at least in some simple form. It is similar to the way they are expected to know MS Word, Power Point, and Google Docs (we’re a long way from the days of poster-board and scotch tape). By high school knowing how to use FTP file sharing, blogging, and basic web development will be as commonplace as knowing your way around a TI-83 calculator.