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Today we will. ..
- Take a closer look at reading and writing
in the digital age
- Examine the implications of the read/ write
- Talk about how to use Web 2.0 to cultivate
socially constructed thinking and learning
in your students
Challenges of 213* Century Teaching
-‘Information Age’ technologies have made
available copious amounts of information to
anyone, anywhere, at anytime.
-Strict age/ grade level approaches to
education are being questioned as the
appropriate way to prepare students for the
Classroom Teaching Environments
- Education continues to mirror the industrial age ‘assembly
- We're trying to produce the most product (to standards) in
the shortest time with the fewest defects.
- Our instruction typically occurs in a room with teacher and
students ‘same place - same time. ’
- Content (learning experience) is usually organized by
topics and taught in time slots speciﬁed for
Looking at literacy
— Web logs (blogs)
— video editors
— World Wide Web browsers
— Web & HTML editors
— Text messaging
— Instant Messaging
— presentation software
- bulletin boards
What are New Literacies?
- Using information and communication
— identify important questions
— locate information
— critically evaluate the usefulness of that
- synthesize information to answer those
- communicate the answers to
Why integrate New Literacies?
- Young people will continue to socially engage in
a variety of new literacies.
- Educators need to make school literacy more
engaging for students and more meaningful to
their present and future lives in a digital world.
- Educators MUST understand the shifts in
practices and pedagogy that have taken place
and consider how these shifts should inform our
teaching of reading and writing.