Who would have thought literacy was so complicated?

In our changing world being literate has taken on a different meaning than it has in the past. Traditionally being literate meant that you could read, write and understand text. In our ever evolving world being literate has drastically changed from this.  According to Dani’s vlog she mentions that to be considered literate in todays terms means that you need to have the ability to use language, numbers, images, computers and other basic means to understand communicate, gain useful knowledge, solve mathematical problems and use the dominant systems of culture. This makes complete sense…but when did this become so complicated? A person who was once seen as literate would no longer be even close to being literate in our society today. As an educator creating a literate student has become a daunting task. 

Teaching Literacy

As an educator I am a firm believer in the idea that we need to create literate students and capable citizens. Although we have gotten away from the traditional meaning of literate, I still believe that students need to be taught all aspects of literacy.  In my opinion the hardest part of teaching literacy is tackling digital literacy for the simple fact that it is always changing and never will be constant. In saying this it needs to be taught because digital literacy is around us at all times and for an individual to survive in todays society they need to be digital literate.

In the article Digital Literacy: What Does It Mean To You? it states that for a student to be digitally literate they need to be able to use technology and be critical of the information that they gather. I believe that this is the hardest part of teaching digital literacy because a vast majority of students already know how to use technology, but they do not always know how to identify reliable information or decipher the information. The other issue is that on the internet there is a lot of false information that is available. I talk a lot about this in my vlog about fake news. My biggest hurdle in the classroom with technology is teaching the students how to identity false information (if you have any suggestions please help). I love using technology in my classroom, but often I feel like it can open up a whole new set of problems.


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