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Literacy and digital technologies

  1. 1. ‘No Grown-Up Left Behind’ Supporting literacy with digital technologies (and developing digital literacies) Week 6-7 lecture for EDB006 Learning Networks By Kelli McGraw @kmcg2375 /
  2. 2. Tweet using #EDB006 to take notes or chat about this lecture (please!)
  3. 3. Supporting literacy with digital technologies… 1. 2. 3. 4. Writing with technologies Modeling with technologies Visualising with technologies Presenting with technologies …and developing digital literacies 1. Ability to confidently use and create digital texts 2. Ability to participate in digital text environments 3. Ability to understand cultural context and be critically aware
  4. 4. literacy (some common definitions) 1. 2. the ability to read and write the ability to use language proficiently Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003 Ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts UNESCO (2004)
  5. 5. literacy (more difficult version!) The flexible and sustainable mastery of a repertoire of practices with the texts of traditional and new communications technologies via spoken, print and multimedia. (Luke & Freebody, 2000)
  6. 6. Literacy definition ‘unpacked’… • The flexible and sustainable mastery • of a repertoire of practices • with the texts of traditional and new communications technologies • via spoken, print and multimedia.
  7. 7. digital literacy The ability to confidently use, participate in and understand digital texts. (from on ‘digital media literacy’)
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  9. 9. (OMG, so many definitions!!) SUMMARY: Literacy is not just ‘basic skills’ (yuk!) Literate practices can be operational, cultural or critical in nature. i.e. Literacy involves being REALLY GOOD AT: • Using (coding and decoding) language • Participating in text environments • Understanding the context of a text Literate practices + multimodal literacy = ability to use/create texts in a variety of media: • • • • Print Live Audiovisual Digital Literacy happens across a range of language modes • • • • • • Reading Writing Speaking Listening Viewing Creating Hence references to ‘multimodal’ literacy
  10. 10. Impacts of technologies on literacy Multimodal texts • text, picture, diagram, graph, sound, animation etc. Enriched expression and communication • Knowledge representations • ways of communicating Creating new language and culture • Cya, BBS, LOL, :-), XD,  Dependence on technology • Can’t spell without spelling/grammar check e.g., there, their, they’re, apostrophe (') in the possessive adjective • Can’t perform basic arithmetic without a calculator The copy and paste culture • Plagiarism
  11. 11. Writing & Modelling with Technologies • Plan and organise ideas mind or concept mapping, Freemind, , Freeplane, • Modeling knowledge with graphic organisers Freemind,, ReadWriteThink • Creative writing and publishing blogs, bio-stories, Poetry Forge arts and music, 53 Paper, Garageband (on Mac) Showme, VoiceThread, Instagram, YouTube, Evernote • Modeling analysis with spreadsheet Excel, Number, Google Docs • Collaborative writing wikis, wikihow, wikispace, Evernote, Google Docs/Drive, TitanPad, Dropbox • Modeling situation with simulation software Scratch, PhET (chemistry simulation) • Modeling object with 3D software Google Sketchup, CAD
  12. 12. Visualising & Presenting with Technologies • Paint/draw ideas KidPix, Paint, Skitch and MANY drawing apps! • Digital story telling MovieMaker & iMovie, Cartoon story maker (PC + Flash), Google Earth, Voicethread, Talking Books using Powerpoint Examples: collection/using-technology-supportliteracy • Presentation software PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Docs (now ‘Drive’) Online: Prezi, Adobe Presenters, Captivate. • Sharing material Slideshare, Storify, Dropbox, Evernote • Videoconferencing Collaborate, Skype, Wimba, Facetime, Screencast,
  13. 13. EXAMPLES:
  14. 14. Summary • The meaning of literacy is evolving to include the abilities to use, understand, analyse, sythesise and create multimodal texts and communications in different contexts. • The impact of technologies on literacy is subject to debate. Multi-literate teachers understand how to use technologies to support and develop multi-literate students. • Digital technologies support the development of multiliteracies by enabling creating, writing, modeling, visualising, communicating, expressing, presenting and so on.