Literacy Learning

I saw this a few weeks ago when it first did the rounds but now I need it handy to use in a lecture. Hopefully it will serve to amuse as well as making some appopro comment about Literacy.

5 thoughts on “Literacy Learning

  1. Hi Angela
    Thanks for the funny link!
    In a similar theme, I was only just discussing today with a peer the future of ‘literacy’.
    Could it be that, with technological advances,that ‘reading’ and ‘writing’ become extinct? Everything has become audible with books becoming available in audio format and with software that can ‘read’ files for you etc. The trend with microphones and cameras attached to almost every technological device further suggests a trend away from the ‘written’ format.
    What are your ideas and views on this?
    Will we future teachers be showing books as part of a Integrated unit on ‘Olden days’?

    What are your thoughts on this?

  2. Hi Viktoria and thanks for your provactive questions! *laughs at the final comment there*
    Ok my answer is gonna frustrate you because I think the answer is both yes and no. I don’t think reading or writing per se will ever become extinct, but I think our understandings of what reading and writing entails will become completely revolutionised over time. We have seen a huge cultural shift over the past 20 years where new technologies have seen new ways of reading – reading the screen, reading TV, reading smses etc.. and in the past 5 years or so we have seen young kids become much more active and participatory in their writing of all sorts of new forms of texts – making animations and movies, doing voiceovers, and cut and pasting images and text from other places to create their own sites. Even when i was walking home from campus this evening I thought to myself – 2 years ago I didn’t even know that Second Life existed, but here I am writing about it, being interviewd on television about it, using it for teaching my students about new literacies and editing a digital culture magazine because of it. These new contexts we become immsered in shape the types of behaviours and practices that form our new communities. At the heart of the new waves of technology is communication. But it is not traditional communication, rather it is a blend of multimodal, digital, even slightly fantasy-like communication. And because of this, I predict that the debates about literacy and what it means, and how to best equip children for successful teachers are going to be raging even harder. But when reading does not mean reading from cover to cover inside a bound book, and writing really means composing a meaningful text using a range of devices (images, audio, sound effects etc), then we’ll be desperate to have teachers who are able to teach children about new media literacies. I could go on for hours about this but I’ve had a very long day 🙂 Do you have a blog? I’d love to get inside a student’s head to see what they’re thinking, what their concerns are, and how relevant their courses at Uni seem to be to them!!!! *smiles*

  3. Thanks for that mammoth reply!
    As you know from edup2002 the other day, I am one of the few ‘mature’ age students in course.
    When my husband and I were discussing the practicality of studying at this point in our lives, the issue of age came up. Given that the retirement age is around 60 for women, we worked out that I would work as a teacher for at least 30 years after graduation. That made uni more financially worthwhile but also a whole lot scarier.
    I imgaine the teachers out there who have been teaching for 30 years now. I bet they never thought when they were at Teacher’s Colleges that they would have to teach students to use computers! In fact I assume the thought of it would have been alien-like. Hence where my question came from about that you-tube clip.
    I really do hope that traditional reading/writing does not become extinct. I also embrace these new technologies and doors they open up to us.

    As for blogging…
    I have always intended to start a blog but havent got around to it as yet. My closest experience would be, being a member of a parenting community. I have been a member of that community since 2000 (when my daughter was 10 months old) and visit each day even for a quick fly-by if I am extremely busy.

    The uni courses to date a re quite relevant. In fact even when I’ve thought they might not be, they prove me wrong mid-semester 😉 I am really enjoying being at uni. I had always wanted to go and kept putting it off and finally woke up and thought if I dont do it soon I never will – so here I am 2nd year student at Sydney Uni.
    My life as a student though is somewhat different to others, even most of the mature agers I know. You see, I have 3 children!
    A daughter (7yrs) and two sons (4 and 2yrs old).
    There are only two other students that I know of who have children at Syd uni and they are not in my classes.
    So this student’s head may not get the answers you are looking for. My head would be a mixture of meeting demands, thinking about education (from all perspectives: student, parent and teacher), financial issues, marital issues etc…
    The coursework for Primary Education thus far has been very relevant and interesting. It is not a huge demand for a school leaver either in my opinion. I guess I would love more practicums though. Once a year for 15 days is not enough. I am fortunate in that I get some added experience when I help out at my daughter’s school but when I think of the 22yr olds who will graduate with less experience, I am scared for them and for the children. No wonder so many turn away from teachers within a few years post-uni. Anyway I could go on and on about this but it’s school pick up time!
    See you in class Wednesday and please excuse and spelling/grammar errors 😉


  4. LOL I just re-read that and they are heaps of errors! Thanfully you are not grading me on my posts 😮

  5. *laughs* a few typos are always acceptable on blogs – I have to say that because I am the worst offender!
    At this stage I can’t imagine a future without reading and writing – but if electronic paper is going to be cheaper than real paper, then it might mean the end of the traditional hard cover book as we know and love it. Or maybe hard covers will just become very expensive.
    I should spread the word that any student who engages me in discussion about a literacy issue on my blog gets extra credit, then we might get some genuine dialogue going on, huh? 🙂
    Three children!!!!! Well I think you’re very lucky indeed – a family AND study. That’s difficult to juggle. I don’t know how people like you manage, truly!

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