Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Hitting a Clay Pigeon: Defining Literacy After the 32nd Square

The definition of literacy is constantly changing to accommodate new technology. If, as I would argue, one of the main objectives of education is to produce literate people, how will the accelerating pace of technological change affect educational institution's ability to produce literate people?

Donald Leu writes, talks and thinks a lot about how technology is forcing us to change our definition of literacy. I recommend reading some of his stuff, in particular his paper entitled, "Literacy and Technology: Deictic Consequences for Literacy Education in an Information Age"

What do you think about this issue? How will we create literate people when we might not know what it means to be literate?

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