Week 7

Adolescent reading in the digital age means that students are able to demonstrate reading skills (such as decoding, annotation, fluency, and vocabulary) through the use of technology and the respective skills associated with it. As the digital era continues to implement our daily lives, educators are discovering new literacies. Technology has created a new level of immediacy in our minds. Nowadays, new information is just a click away and requires a specific set of skills to decode. Technology has also made literacy more social due to social media, forums, and other platforms of self expression. Examples of new literacy in the digital age include creating fan fiction, blogging, sharing memes, and creating animation (Knobel, M. & Lanskshear, C. 2014). These examples of new literacy are part of the daily lives of today’s students. Many students that we teach today have never seen a world without accessible technology. Texting has almost replaced face-to-face conversations. In my classroom, we use Google Classroom everyday. The guided notes and PowerPoints are all online. The goal of incorporating Google Classroom is to give student a different medium to demonstrate literacy.In my 3rd period class, students seem to be more comfortable completing literacy assignments on the computer. The downside of computer use is that students must be able to recognize good and bad sources of information. It’s an ongoing process that is trial and error for my co-teacher and I. Another obstacle of only relying on technology is that heavy use takes away from the human aspect of school. So, how do we fit technology in the classroom? Technology has limits when it comes to literacy. Tom Lynch highlights the flaw in technology in an online forum. He mentions a software that read E.M’s “When the Machine Stops” to identify any patterns in word frequency. The software recognized the word Vashti, who is a character in the story. Based on the results of the software, it can be inferred that Vashti is a central character. However, Vashti is not a central character in the story (Lynch, T. L. 2015) Technology has a place in the classroom to provide other mediums for written expression and building of knowledge. However, it should be supplemented with traditional literacy skills that don’t rely on digital media. There are aspects of literacy that focus on oral expression and fluency. The social aspect of the classroom between peers and the educator allow for demonstration of both skills.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Charlton,

      You raise many good points here.

      This stuck out for me:

      Technology has a place in the classroom to provide other mediums for written expression and building of knowledge. However, it should be supplemented with traditional literacy skills that don’t rely on digital media. There are aspects of literacy that focus on oral expression and fluency. The social aspect of the classroom between peers and the educator allow for demonstration of both skills.

      I am curious about how you are resolving this dilemma.

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