Emergent Literacy

There’s been a lot written and spoken recently about the concept of ‘digital literacy’ – a response to the realisation that young people growing up in an increasingly digital world are needing to develop a range of skills and understandings for dealing with this form of media, and that this is somehow different to the traditional view of literacy as we have come to think of it in a print-dominated world. A new white paper from the Pearson Foundation makes a useful contribution to this discussion, with some well-researched comments on the impact of a range of technologies, including television, … Continue reading Emergent Literacy

CORE’s ten trends for 2010

Today I presented CORE’s ten trends for 2010 to an audience of around 400 delegates at the Learning@School conference in Rotorua. The ten trends are a collection of themes and issues that have been identified by CORE staff as trends in education that we imagine will impact on the work of teachers and leaders in early childhood centres, schools, and tertiary institutions in NZ in the coming year. While our focus is on the bigger picture of education, there is a focus on trends associated with the use of ICTs in education, reflecting the fact that we are living in … Continue reading CORE’s ten trends for 2010

What children think of the media

The researchers at Intuitive Media have produced some thought provoking stuff over recent years, and their latest report on ‘children, TV and the internet’ is no exception. Surveying a sample of 4347 children, aged 6-14 who are users of their SuperClubsPLUS & GoldStarCafe projects, the researchers asked a range of questions about children’s use of TV and the internet. The result is presented as a series of graphs summarising the key findings, and providing much food for thought in terms of the way in which attitudes about and behaviours towards the use of this media may be changing. For those … Continue reading What children think of the media

Future of e-books

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8217311&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1 Mag+ from Bonnier on Vimeo. My colleague Malcolm Moss in the UK sent me a link this morning to an fascinating concept video on the future of digital magazines. As we become increasingly familiar with the functionality of the touch-screen on the iPhone and familiar with devices like the Kindle, this video provides some interesting perspectives on where the development of where the whole concept of layout and design might head with these devices in the future. The basic concept being explored is how we can take the established behaviours exhibited by those who simply pick up a magazine … Continue reading Future of e-books

Do we learn to hand-write simply to sit exams?

A comment that appeared on Twitter today led me to an article on AJC titled Cursive may be a fading skill, but so what? The article interested me in view of a number of places I’ve been recently where concerns are being expressed about the standards of literacy (or lack of them) among today’s learners – with the ability to write by hand being considered a lost art in an age of text messaging and the word processor, and where what used to be called “penmanship” is being shunted aside at schools across the country in favor of 21st century … Continue reading Do we learn to hand-write simply to sit exams?

Impact of technology on literacy

Just received a link to this post from Jedd and felt compelled to reference it here… It comes at a very useful time as I spent part of today discussing the whole notion of literacy and technology with a colleague in Wellington (on Skype) ahead of a conference there in a few weeks. The post is about Andrea Lunsford, a professor of writing and rhetoric at Stanford University who collected 14,672 student writing samples—everything from in-class assignments, formal essays, and journal entries to emails, blog posts, and chat sessions from 2001 to 2006. Far from finding that technology is having … Continue reading Impact of technology on literacy

What’s next for newspapers?

I’m now back in NZ, getting used to the time zone differences 🙂 Over recent months I’ve read an increasing number of stories, articles and comments on the future of newspapers that I’ve been storing away to make comment on, as I see the whole debate as being indicative of the paradigm shift in the “knowledge economy” we’re all a part of. As a blogger this thinking has been percolating in my mind for some years now as i think about how I access the news, how I filter it, engage with it and report it. The interactive map above … Continue reading What’s next for newspapers?

A real smart pen!

I’m not usually into product endorsement, but over the past week or so I’ve been exploring using my new LiveScribe pen, and have fallen in love! Since spending a day working with my Australian colleague Julia Atkin and observing her using one of these devices I knew I had to try one, so when Julia offered to bring me back one from Australia a few week’s later I couldn’t refuse! The Livescribe Pulse Digital Smartpen records your notes two ways: it creates digital copies of everything you write by hand while recording audio at the same time. not only that, … Continue reading A real smart pen!

Digital media literacy resource

I’ve been having fun exploring this great online resource from the North West Learning Grid aimed at encouraging learners to reflect on their current practices in the use of digital media and stimulate discussion and questioning. In each section of the resource the user is asked to respond to a number of questions about their media use, and at the end, they’re provided with feedback that suggests ways in which they could improve their media literacy skills. Users are then provided with a number of learning objects that they can work with to develop these ideas and understandings even further. … Continue reading Digital media literacy resource

Defining Literacy in the 21st Century

I spent Friday giving a keynote and presenting three workshops at the Adult Literacy Practitioners Association annual conference in Wellington. The keynote was followed the theme of the conference and was titled “Challenges, Change and Trends“, focusing on the impact of ICTs in education, in particular, on the development of literacy(ies). It was great to be among a group of people with whom I’ve had little contact before, people passionate about providing high quality literacy education to those with whom they work – often second chance learners. Later in the day a member of the group was heard to comment, … Continue reading Defining Literacy in the 21st Century