Unit 2

a. What do we mean by literacy?

The word literacy has taken on many different and new connotations in the coming of the 21st century. The development of multimedia and information technology has also opened the meaning of literacy up to a wide range of elements such as visual and auditory other than just written words. Literacy is linked to individual well being, economic development, community well being and overall achievement in life.

b. How is learning a programming language the same and different as learning a human language?

Learning a programming language is easy because there are so few words and so few syntactic structures. People can be taught programming language and it can also be memorized. Learning to program is much more difficult because it involves training yourself in a new way of thinking, but that aspect is unrelated to the language itself. Having the programming language allows you the ability to communicate with people all around the world.

Learning a natural language is difficult because there are many syntactic structures, and the meanings of each are tied to cultural knowledge. There is also a gradual change of meanings between words.

c. What value do you see in these recommendations?

 

The value I see in these recommendations is that it provides clear instruction on how to better comprehend texts, and it also offers educators some potential setbacks that may occur and how to solve those potential setbacks. It gives specific instruction on how to carry these tasks out. One thing I saw that I found valuable is that the strategies that were presented in each recommendation were supported by strong and moderate evidence that is recommended to be used by teachers. This reading also addresses students with disabilities, and/or struggling readers and how teachers can better help these students going forward to get these students more engaged and active in reading. The text stated “These strategies, shown to be effective in experimental studies that were often designed to test single interventions and with populations of students who had been diagnosed as learning disabled, present a catalog of possible ways to help adolescents become more active and efficient readers of diverse kinds of text. Integrated into regular classroom instruction and into classes designed to improve students’ reading, these strategies can help many students become stronger readers.”(pg 45) I agreed to tally with this statement because every student has different learning needs and it is up to the teachers to address those needs, provide accommodations and/or modifications for those students, and/or follow what the IEP addresses. Before all of this even happens the teachers need to gather their own research and notes about how students are doing with reading, and figure out their students needs before they can implement some type of intervention plan.

    • carolyn marenghi
      carolyn marenghi

      Hi Tori, 

      I liked your point that "Literacy is linked to individual well being, economic development, community well being and overall achievement in life". I think that literacy skills are not only linked to future economic development, but are also contingent on the current socio-economic standing of students. 

      • Gerald Ardito
        Gerald Ardito

        Tori,

        I agree with Carolyn. It reminds me that education and learning are rich with issues of equality and economics.

        Thanks.

         

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