Creativity Corner

March 3, 2009

Technology and Literacy Linked

Filed under: Uncategorized — kateraney @ 1:41 am

As a future educator, and particularly a writing arts/literacy educator, I found the article “Literacy and Technologies Linked” very interesting.  When Clinton passed the bill to make all students computer literate, I was only about 8 years old so I don’t really remember it happening.  Having computer’s in our classroom was normal to me because we always had them.  Today kids probably know more about technology than most teachers.  So I guess you can say Clinton’s idea worked out.  There are probably still districts in parts of our country without as much technology as they should have, but for the most part schools are up to par.  There are computer labs, computers in the classrooms, Smart Boards and much more depending on the funding of the district.

            I believe the problem now lies in allowing kids to stay technologically literate while keeping with appropriate standards of education.  What I mean by this is that today kids are always using technologies such as text messaging, instant messaging, blogging etc.  The writing and grammatical style used with these technologies is very laid back.  Many words are abbreviated, spelled wrong, and punctuation is usually nonexistent.  I think as teachers it is important to integrate into our lessons how there is a time and place for certain types of writing.  They need to know that language appropriate for texting is not appropriate for an academic paper.  We have achieved our goal of making our students computer literate, we must now teach them how to deal with the technology is an academic world.

 

What do you guys think?

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