Category "Academic publications"

September 1, 2005

Silicon Literacies: Communication, Innovation, and Education in the Electronic Age

This volume, edited by Ilana Snyder, considers "multiliteracies" in light of the exponential growth of information and the electronic age we live in.

Publication information:

# Paperback: 190 pages
# Publisher: Routledge (May 1, 2002)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 0415276683

Posted by chri1010 at 2:27 PM | Academic publications

Category "Academic publications"

Category "Technology Literacy"

August 4, 2005

Technology and Literacy in the Twenty-First Century

Cynthia Selfe (1999), a composition and communications professor at Michigan Technical University, has published a book about technology literacy. Technology and Literacy in the Twenty-First Century describes the Technology Literacy Project and, to a large degree, the implications of changing definitions of literacy for composition teachers.

A full description of this book can be found here.

Posted by chri1010 at 11:04 AM | Academic publications | Technology Literacy

Category "Academic publications"

Category "Media Literacy"

Category "University of Minnesota"

June 21, 2005

Speaking the Lower Frequencies: Students and Media Literacy

University of Minnesota professor Walter R. Jacobs has recently published a qualitative study of students and media literacy: Speaking the Lower Frequencies: Students and Media Literacy. Available from State University of New York Press, Jacobs' book ultimately addresses issues of teaching, race, class, and the position of the teacher as he describes how students in his class explore and critique pop culture texts.

Posted by chri1010 at 4:18 PM | Academic publications | Media Literacy | University of Minnesota

Category "Academic publications"

Category "Definitions"

Category "Technology Literacy"

June 17, 2005

Technology Literacy for the Nation and for its Citizens

This white paper from 1995 by Thomas and Knezek articulates a strong concern about the gap between the number of citizens who are technologically competent and the growing need for technological competency in the global economy.

This white paper defines technology literacy as involving the following:

*demystifying technology through conceptual understandings of the underlying science and mathematics principles,

*operational competence with modern technology systems,

*the ability to evaluate and use a variety of common technology applications,

*the ability to innovate and invent ways of applying technology in challenging new situations,

*an awareness of technology-related careers and of factors critical to
success in those careers, and

*understanding of and sensitivity to societal issues related to technology.

Thomas and Knezek observe that in order to have a technologically literate citizenry, there must be an infrastructure to support the development of technological competency. They conclude with the following action items:

Action #1: Revise school curricula and develop standards to address the science and mathematics of technology.

Action #2: Establish technology literacy as a priority for adult education and worker retraining.

Action #3: Formulate policies that place technology literacy for all Americans on the national agenda

Finally, Thomas and Knezek assert that developing technological literacy requires effort on multiple levels:

"The task of achieving a technology-literate nation will depend on the combined efforts of the education, business, and policy-making communities."

Posted by chri1010 at 9:49 AM | Academic publications | Definitions | Technology Literacy