The New Web of Litracies
In our new world of Information Technology, having reading and writing skillsalone will not make a person literate. According to NCTE the 21
Centuryliteracy involves having the capability to use the tools of technology, usesocial forums for collaborative problem solving, create and shareinformation, and engage in critical thinking. Blogs are an excellent exampleof this Literacy, because it uses visual and writing skills in conjunction withtechnology. Information is shared and exchanged amongst a community thatcan be personal or informative. 21
Century Literacy encompasses the termsDigital Literacy, Visual Literacy, Reproduction Literacy, Branching Literacy,Information Literacy and Socio-Emotional Literacy (Aviram, 2006).
This literacy involves using hardware (cell phones, Ipads, etc.) and software(applications) to find, understand and evaluate information, then creatively usingthis information to communicate, share and collaborate. Digital literacy includesVisual literacy, Reproduction literacy, Branching literacy and information literacy(Aviram, 2006). Programming literacy would also be included in Digital Literacy(Prensky, 2008).
It is the ability to see the creativity, the implication, the hidden meaning or thepurpose of an image or graphic. To able to “understand the visualmessages”(Aviram, 2006). This skill is used in playing video games, and can beused to capture the attention of students in a classroom. YouTube videos are a