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Shining Technology‘s Light on Literacy:

Shining Technology‘s Light on Literacy Molly Scott, David Roberson and Christian Prescott 12 February 2015 A-Team

What Statement we Support:

What Statement we Support ” Technology (through television, texting, social network postings and the Internet) has contributed to an increase in literary skills. ” We begin to learn how to read and write at a very young age, and we continue on this quest for literacy our whole lives. Technology has been a critically important tool in aiding us along the way. Information and communication technologies (ITC), have opened many new avenues and recourses enhancing the way in which we learn and retain these skills. That includes the internet, Social networking, texting, and television.

Sharing Some Perspective:

Sharing Some Perspective Katie McKnight, Ph.D. Check out what Katie McKnight has to share with us….. National Louis University's Katie McKnight, Ph.D., associate professor in the National College of Education, says teachers should embrace new technologies as tools to enhance students' literacy skill development . (YouTube Description, December 2011) Katie McKnight, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor, National College of Education View on YouTube

A Brief Overview:

A Brief Overview The National Council for Teachers of English and the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Educational Technology fully support the integration of Video and Digital Media in classrooms. A British study published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning found a positive correlation between texting and literacy… “The National Literacy Trust found that social networking sites and blogs help students to develop more positive attitudes toward writing and to become more confident in their writing abilities.” The internet provides an infinite amount of info at our fingertips. Online text databases, e-books, magazines, Web 2.0 tools, word processing, and other reference material are readily accessible for consumption at all times.

Television – Digital Video:

Television – Digital Video The use of television media has not only supported the development of literacy in our world but greatly enhanced it. Over the last decade and a half, there has been a rising volume of conclusive studies that substantiate the increases in literacy due to the use of digital video media. One example, the Interactive White Board, or IWB, has become a standard issue item in many US schools (Cisco, 2011.) This television media board turns a mundane method of dry erase writing, into a completely Interactive video experience. This is only one of many video technologies being integrated into classrooms worldwide. One author states that integrating video into literary instruction, can build comprehension and enhance the acquisition of new vocabulary in a diversity of students across the world (Hall, 2012). In fact, he point out that the NCLB (No Child Left Behind Act) requires children to be technologically capable by the Eighth Grade. (Learning Point Associates, 2007 ) Studies in this area have ranged across organizations such as the ones mentioned previously and other scholarly institutes, to ones that most people are familiar with such as the Public Broadcast Station, Nick Junior, Sesame Workshop and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. They have all participated in studies which lead to the same conclusion – digital video is an essential tool in literacy development for this present day and age.

Texting – Power at Your Fingertips:

Texting – Power at Your Fingertips Fact : Texting helps students read. A British study published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning found a positive correlation between texting and literacy, concluding that texting was “actually driving the development of phonological awareness and reading skill in children. ” Some may argue that “ textisms ” such as ur for your, 2 for to, and w8 for wait, are not grammatically correct, when in actuality, knowing the proper spelling is required to create an abbreviation of the word in the first place. “ The most popular textisms are already becoming official: The Oxford English Dictionary added OMG last year .” In a classroom setting, knowing “ textism ” abbreviations can aid in short hand note taking. In addition, “ Some schools allow students to text answers with their personal cell phones, using apps that turn smartphones into clickers .” “ W e should remember that texting is [reading and] writing.”

Social Networking – Let‘s Connect:

Social Networking – Let‘s Connect Weather it be Facebook, Twitter, or blogging, all types of social media play a roll in the increase of literacy, simply because it requires the user to read the content and give a response back in writing. It Doesn’t matter if its not the traditional style of learning how to read and write, people still are spending time practicing their skills. “The National Literacy Trust found that social networking sites and blogs help students to develop more positive attitudes toward writing and to become more confident in their writing abilities.” “Perhaps text messaging, social networking sites and blogs are a new form of literature that will soon be studied in schools in the way that books, plays and poetry are now.” “Teenagers may not be reading books, but they are clearly interested in social networking.” “By utilizing various modes of communication, students build new literacy skills through the storytelling process. ”

Internet – World Wide Web:

Internet – World Wide Web The internet provides an infinite amount in information at our fingertips. Online text databases, e-books, magazines, Web 2.0 tools, word processing, and other reference material are readily accessible for consumption at all times. Accessibility: Video and other multimedia programs, “can create stronger memory links than text alone. In addition, digital technologies allow instant playbacks, which provide the learner with quick and easy access to different sections of instructional materials”. Constant opportunities for communication; E-mail, blogging, and social networking. Dr. Jordan explains, ‘“When I was a kid, I used to write in exercise books kept in a drawer, but now that young people write on the web, there’s a whole community out there to read their work. It’s interactive, and that makes it more appealing to them.”’  View on YouTube

Some Chart or Stats:

Some Chart or Stats About these Stats.... In 2013 the National Literacy Trust conducted the Children’s and Young Peoples Reading study. This graph shows the various reading materials young people are choosing to read outside the classroom. Some of the greatest percentages are focused on reading material that involves technology. Reading websites and text messages being two of the most chosen materials. Large View

Conclusion: Let‘s Seal the Deal:

Conclusion: Let‘s Seal the Deal So what we have concluded? “Using technology to enhance reading and writing instruction can make learning  activities more fun and help to create a lifelong love of reading [and writing].” “Literacy and technology are being interdependent. Literacy and technology are ‘tools’ that have much in common.” In closing: " Technology (through television, texting, social network postings and the Internet) has contributed to an increase in literary skills.”

References:

References Cisco Systems , (2011). Video: How Interactivity and Rich Media Change Teaching and Learning https :// wiggio.com/yui/folder/stream_file.php?doc_key=xTX8JlY8UUoASCMg2aNhwMHtIStJ4+bNfPr5PK I+QRs= Hall, M. (2012). DeVillainizing Video in Support of Comprehension and Vocabulary Instruction https:// wiggio.com/yui/folder/stream_file.php?doc_key=vnodf4cE0/KUte0Fly8WwAVUCqpypEO6p/Ety QvEV9w = Moylan M.S. (2010). Using Digital Video to Enhance Literacy https://wiggio.com/yui/folder/stream_file.php?doc_key=zFCSVDxpNKJcPWqIQzpahg0hyjZSjCo8MHuOR XiJV4k = Learning Point Associates (2007). Understanding the No Child Left Behind Act https ://wiggio.com/yui/folder/stream_file.php?doc_key=y/NT1qeURsPKQzfbTBXa2L4y58SyOwzAtsGn+K dOQNM = Issues in Applied Linguistics (2009). Cambridge Handbook of Literacy, The (Book ) https :// diigo.com/07c0ky Idea Group Inc (IGI) (2013). Technological Tools for the Literacy Classroom (Book ) https :// diigo.com/07c0ky Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall ( 2014) https :// diigo.com/07c0ly All images Royalty Free Rights Usage from ThinkStock membership account.

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