Web log 2:

Chapter 1 what is literacy really

How one defines literacy often depends upon personal perspectives. Does everyone mean the same thing when using the word literacy? (Braun)

Literacy means different thing to individuals. There are so many avenues in which one can engage and explore literacy.

Literacy today with technology is so different than 10 years ago. (Braun)

Students and teens in particular, are able to pick up on things and respond a lot quicker than adults.

It would be safe to say that there exists a sub-culture or underworld of communication. In regards to the one to one laptop initiative, I had a parent state that the laptops have taken over her home. She stated that her two boys s just close the door and get on the internet for hours at a time. They have stopped communicating with her. She also stated that when she tries to strike a conversation about what they are doing, they tell her to go away. Of course I told her to set boundaries and limit their use to 2 hours.

Many questions exist when determining how technology supports teen literacy. (Braun)

A teenager may be very good at reading and creating blogs, but struggles with Shakespeare. Does that make he/she is illiterate? (Braun)

I would say the answer to that question is no. There are so many avenues to explore competency and literacy.

Most studies have ignored the huge explosion in reading with the rise of internet usage. (Braun)

The students are moving so fast, that research has to catch up. This was mentioned in the Luke article.

Economics, social, political and cultural aspects affect literacy. These factors also have a strong correlation to academic achievement.

The (Braun) author points out that it is essential that reading and writing be connected to the reader’s real world.

There is no doubt that that students relate to things that have a high interest rate to them. It is essential that they can relate and connect to the real world.

No one definition of literacy is accurate.

It is also important to factor teen identity. The idea that teachers need to respect teen identity is discussed. The author (Braun) states that as teens read, they consider the people and events in the text and think about how they may or may not relate to them.

In order to be successful in the 21st century, students must be able to perform basic literacy tasks.


Chapter 2 (Braun)

The world of messaging

The author points out that the use of messaging which is not considered grammatically correct will cause language and the future use of the language to change. As an educator, I can see how this could be a consideration amongst researchers.

The author (Braun) also points out that teens use a lot of technology without putting a lot of thought to it. This is not the case.

Instant messaging is used heavily. I have had parents state that if their child does not have a phone, that their child feels disconnected to the world. As teens get old the use of IM and other technologies increase.

Chapter 3

Blogs are used to connect the ideas of others. Blog is short for web log. Blogging can be public or private.

In regards to safety on the internet, it is not the technology, it’s the student or person who makes things unsafe.

When students or teens realize that their writing is being read by others, it may change.

There is a need for teens to discover in the writing process what their identity is.

A trackback is a way that bloggers let each other know about references.

Wiki is a term that is used for both apiece of software and for an interactive website people use to collaborate online.

Problems can occur due to the ability to change the information.

Pod casting is a means for people to tell about their lives, likes, or dislikes.

Article (Luke)

Many teachers and parents are concerned about their children’s engagement with the media culture. A social constructivist view of knowledge and learning implies that learning occurs in situated socio-cultural contexts.

In the contemporary blend of old and new information environments, people draw on diverse sources of information, means of communication and diverse community engagements.

Collaborative and constructivists theories of pedagogy, see problem based learning to be more responsive to diverse student backgrounds.

The author wants to know whether equity promises are being realized in online communication and are these spaces more inclusive, and do all students regardless of cultural differences have an equal voice in light of claims that the online visibility of many bodily markers of difference in face to face encounters.

As more texts become available in digital form, users access information in different ways that have potentially profound ramifications for reading and writing.

The author points out that the texts of the new technologies have mutated into complex systems that have made new demands on reading, writing, viewing, social exchange and communication.

Students are moving fast in regards to technology. Research needs to catch up.

The article and the text deal with issues concerning students and technology. The article is more research based while the text deals more with literacy and if the way students are reading and writing on the internet is acceptable forms of literacy.

The world of technology definitely changes the rules in terms of how students learn and what they are doing. I think this is a positive.

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