Literacy 2.0

Literacy 2.0 – Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms
by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Alex Gonzalez

Reading this book was refreshing.  It has been presented with inviting language sharing how literacy and technology are woven together.  I am a strong advocate for Literacy 2.0; however, “Literacy 2.0 doesn’t make literacy 1.0 obsolete. … Literacy 2.0 builds on the operating system of literacy 1.0.” (p 1)  The Introduction speaks clearly of learners still requiring Literacy 1.0 skills but that literacy now needs to include finding, using, producing and sharing information.

Curriculum and learning need to shift to incorporate Literacy 2.0.  The remainder of the book addresses key areas in a very practical and respectful way.  They are “keeping literacy in mind as we examine innovative applications of timeless functions.” (p 7)

Different from many other technology topics, Chapter 3 provides an interesting look at the implications for technology and decision-making.  It explores ideas like citizenship, freedom, social injustice as well as plagiarism and referencing sources.

Nuggets of Gold pulled from reading:

Student access and the changing shape of the digital divide.  Based on Mark Warshauer (2003) the inability to find, use, and create information leads to social exclusions that marginalize people economically and legislatively. (p 108

“Not in the Schools you don’t” (p 111)
–       “Encouraging students to use current technology – to power up- allows them to interact with the curriculum and with one another in ways that teachers of the past could have only hoped for.”

Teaching Courtesy (p 112)
–       “ Before teachers and schools can use technology for instruction, it seems reasonable to suggest that students must understand how to be respectful with the tools they have.”

Policies and Procedures that reflect Literacy 2.0 (p 110)
–       As we progress in the 21st century, we will need to continue to address issues such as access to the tools and information for both students and teachers.  Choice about technology we can use, and technology we should use will largely be decided in how we use technology.

New Literacies are expected of citizens to be fully functional in today’s society.  In the past, an elite few that were the producers and controllers of information; however, now every person can access primary source information and can be a producer of information at any age.  Communities of interest exist in the physical as well as the global community without the boundaries of physical space.  While it is possible to access and publish to a world-wide audience with almost any internet connected device, we need to curate what is published and the intended audiences.


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