David Warlick blogs about digital literacy as it applies to k-12 education, but how true for everyone at every age that fluency requires practice – not just a class or two! The best way to “become fluent in the broader and equally critical information and technology skills of being literate in a networked, digital, and abundant contemporary information environment” is simply to spend a little time each day exploring the vast amount of information right at our fingertips.
2¢ Worth » Can Literacy be Taught?
Students who become fluent in reading, do so because they read, not because they were taught the basic reading skills. Of course, it wouldn’t have happened without having been taught the basic reading skills. But they become fluent because they are required to read for the rest of their formal education and beyond.
If we expect students to become fluent in the broader and equally critical information and technology skills of being literate in a networked, digital, and abundant contemporary information environment, then they should be required to use those skills in all of their formal education, just like reading.
Reading, for education, is a learning literacy. Reading, processing, and expressing knowledge in a networked, digital, and abundant information landscape are equally important learning skills — learning literacies.
Our stated goal, right now, in every school and school district, should be for every student to walk into their classrooms with a computer literacy machine, not a handheld under their arm.
It’s no long a matter of “if” — it’s “when.”..because literacy skills are meaningless until they become literacy habits.