Week 7

Rachel Richards

Dr. Ardito

Group D

Adolescent literacy matters in our community today, mainly teaching in such a diverse city where education is dominant to afford certain lifestyles. In schools today, there is a need for an increase in complex comprehension, reasoning skills, and knowledge that students need as they move through school. It is vital that we establish beneficial ways that work in the classroom to teach these skills. To be successful in reading students should learn how to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information from multiple sources. If I look from the point of cutting back paper usage in the classroom, I am all for digital in the school where I can post all readings on google classroom, and they can make notes, but it does not give me an opportunity to observe or the student a chance to learn how to annotate/analyze a text.

 In the commentary, New Literacies talks it as " new literacies differ fundamentally from conventional print literacies on the basis that their inscriptions are rendered in pixels on screens rather than by impressions on paper, utilizing digital code rather than material analog means (whether printed and illustrated/ imaged/ diagrammed by hand, typewriter, or press)." It is clear to say from this reading that, new literacies involve a shift from material inscription to digital coding, from analog to digital representations. Consequently, “new” kinds of texts are seamlessly multimodal rather than involving distinct processes for different modes (text, image, sound). Students will be using the computer more because they will be clicking for everything. As a result, we will be reaching many students with multiple learning styles as well.

However, adolescent literacy in the digital age would mean today that every classroom will need to have a laptop or tablet cart in the school at all time, a headphone for the student population of the student unless they bring their own. Therefore, this transition will require a lot of money and changes. In the article "Where the Machine Stops: Software as Reader and the Rise of New Literatures by Tom Liam Lynch talks about the impact of digital advancement on adolescent literacy and our role as an educator, he states " We, as a field, must have a systematic way to theorize the impact of software on pedagogy". This strategy will have many impacts on the education system. Lynch also talks about a growing divide that is present between literacy and technology. Lynch reported that " Literature and technology are inescapably bound together: books themselves are a form of technology (Howard, 2009)." Lynch describe one issue " Part of the problem lies in the fact that the word technology is used to refer to nearly anything that plugs into a wall, rendering its meaning unhelpfully imprecise. Then we have another world existing focus on digital software, and the complexity that comes with it, and what is happening in this digital timeLynch went to say as " Software conveys a complex assemblage of devices, networking systems, user interfaces, code, and information systems while also alluding to the political and economic entities that promote the educational use of what I call software-powered technologies (Lynch, 2013b)." Therefore, it a happening little by little in some classrooms already, it is growing, and it do have a place in the school, but it will take some time before it can be instrumental. However, we also must keep in mind the pros and cons. In my classroom I usually have my students decode text and at times record notes during the quiet reading time. If we do not provide students to assess sources of information for relevance, reliability, and completeness. Also, they must connect information across multiple sources also posted on google classroom.

    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito

      Rachel,

      Your response to this week's readings was very thorough and thoughtful.

      This make me think:

      However, we also must keep in mind the pros and cons. In my classroom I usually have my students decode text and at times record notes during the quiet reading time. If we do not provide students to assess sources of information for relevance, reliability, and completeness. Also, they must connect information across multiple sources also posted on google classroom.

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