Changing literacies

Clarence Fisher’s work on what constitutes the new ‘digital literacies’. A lot has been written on this over the years but there seems to be renewed interest with the advent of blogs,wikis etc. Some useful comments in relation to ‘networked global interaction’ or what I prefer to call connected writing. Clarence writes that by publishing student work on line we give them a voice, to be confident publishers in their own right. …” to allow students to enter a global conversation”. Complex, multi-faceted, recursive, multi layered. I’d add that its the interactions with the audience-but the line between audience and creator are blurred in this world. Writing on the social web is about joint construction of knowledge, sharing, peer review, feedback and collaboration- a redefining of literacy in terms of non-text. From the work on visual literacy to earlier forms of ‘bounded’ multimedia to the new emergent types associated with online gaming, mobile devices and other social networking tools…but its time to stop calling them ‘new‘ literacies and better defined more specifically in terms of the context.

Information ogrnaisation should also be a central part to these ‘online’ literacies, Tony Karrer has gathered a number of tips for organising info esp RSS feeds.


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I'm a currently working at NSW Departrment of Education & Training, Connected Classrooms Program, Sydney.
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