PLPEmerging Literacies (from previous meetings)Basic Literacy
(3Rs+ rigor + technology basics + disciplined mind)Basic Literacy has also been around for awhile. It covers teaching the foundational skillsstudents need and developing Gardner’s disciplined minds.It does not necessarily prescribe a canon of content beyond that which is necessary toallow students to acquire the skills needed to communicate and read; to developnumeracy, scientific, and economic literacy; and to be proficient manipulating electronicdevices. (Yes, I’m wrapping technological literacy into basic literacy as it has become a basic skill and shouldn’t be thought of as an added skill to address but as a fundamentalskill that is essential to success.)
Just look around you - the recent election, the case for global warming or energyalternatives, the move to green - everywhere we are bombarded by messages rangingfrom subtle to overwhelmingly persuasive. All need to be viewed with a critical eye thatseeks to discern truth and bias, innuendo and allusion, and fact from fiction. In thereverse, how can I select an image, series of images, video, or music that willappropriately convey my message? This expands our responsibility from teach students tounderstand and produce the types of documents the printing press made public to acompulsory obligation to teach student to understand and produce the wide range of communication formats that the computer makes possible.
In a world where information is being created at an exponentially increasing rate,students need to learn how to manage it - to evaluate its integrity, to respect it as property,to detect the bias inherent in much of it, and to create with it. Students should becomediscriminate consumers, creative producers, and scholarly researchers. They have awealth of information at their fingertips must learn to access it and construct meaningfrom it. We cannot teach them what they need to know for jobs and processes that aren’tyet a reality. We can only prepare them to learn how to first ask the right questions andthen to construct the right answers.
(Global/Cultural Awareness)Students need to understand, appreciate, and respect differences in perspectives that are based on culture. They can develop this to some extent in humanities courses that exposethem through art, history, and literature to other cultures. They will not become literatewithout exposure to other people and technology certainly affords us the opportunity tomake synchronous and asynchronous connections.