Monday, March 2, 2009

Not Literacy but Literacies

Elona Hartjes counsels us to think of literacy in the plural as a way of helping our students connect their learning with their lives. She quotes Chris Vanellis' work on some important literacies today:
  • computer literacy (using software)
  • web literacy (surfing the internet)
  • digital literacy (cells, email, MSN)
  • visual literacy (graphics, text, TV)
  • auditory literacy (radio, conversing)
  • home literacy (routines, chores)
  • community literacy (bus schedules)
  • social literacy (manners, etiquette)
  • work literacy (procedures, routines)
  • curriculum literacy (school subjects)

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