Why Johnny Can't Read

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This conversation given at Educon 2.3 in Philadelphia, PA by David Jakes and Laura Deisley. Resources can be found at jakes.editme.com/johnny

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Why Johnny Can't Read

  1. 1. Why Johnny Can’t Read: A Conversation About What It Means to Be Literate...Today<br />Laura Deisley and David Jakes<br />
  2. 2. In 140 characters or less, why did you <br />choose this session?<br />
  3. 3. How do you define literacy?<br />
  4. 4. Do you see the Internet (and Web 2.0) as “a context in which to read, write, and communicate?”<br />Leu et. al 2009<br />“Being literate in a real-world sense means being able to read and write using the media forms of the day, whatever they may be…”<br />Ohler 2009<br />
  5. 5. Do you see the Internet (and Web 2.0) as “a context in which to read, write, and communicate?”<br />Leu et. Al 2009<br />
  6. 6. Digital Literacy: the ability to understand and use information in multiple formats from a wide range of sources when it is presented from computers.<br />Paul Gilser1997<br />
  7. 7. Digital Literacy: a shorthand for the myriad social practices and conceptions of engaging in meaning making mediated by texts that are produced, received, distributed and exchanged via digital codification.<br />Lankshear and Knobel 2008<br />
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  9. 9. Do you read differently? <br />
  10. 10. Reading? Instapaper, Readability, Diigo, Evernote, Twitter, Posterous, Google Reader and Earth, Book Glutton, Zooburst…<br />
  11. 11. Via Wired.com, Life on Earth Project, E.O Wilson Foundation<br />
  12. 12. “The medium is the message…”<br />Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964<br />
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  14. 14. So McLuhan suggests: Does the medium change the very nature of literacy or merely expand the means by which we convey ideas?<br />
  15. 15. Transliteracy:  the ability to read, write, and interact across a range of platforms and tools from orality through print, TV, radio and film, to networked digital media.  <br />Via Transliteracy.com<br />
  16. 16. What does it mean today to be functionally literate?<br />
  17. 17. What is essential for schools?<br />Image from opentrolley.com<br />
  18. 18. What is your definition of literacy now?<br />
  19. 19. What is your personal take-awayand take-back that you will share?<br />

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