New Literacies and 21st Century Technologies

This is a position statement of the International Reading Association

Answer the following questions:

1. What changes are school students going to experience by the time they finish secondary school?

2. Why does the Internet have an implication in instruction and assessment?

3. In what ways can ICTs widen the gap between developed and developing nations?

4. What do school leaders need to do to provide adequate education?

5. What is the role of universities to support our students in the digital age?

6. Why is it important to form critical students in this online context?

7. How can literacy researchers contribute to this change?

8. From the section “Our Responsibilities”, choose one recommendation that you find more difficult to carry out and on that you find easy to implement and explain why.

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  1. 1. What changes are school students going to experience by the time they finish secondary school?
    R: By the time the students finish they will experience new literacies demanded by a wide variety of ICT as wikis, blogs, avatars, podcasts, mobile technologies, and many others.

    2.Why does the Internet have an implication in instruction and assessment?
    R: Because internet provides the most powerful capabilities for information and communication, permitting access to people and information in ways and speeds never before possible.

    3.In what ways can ICTs widen the gap between developed and developing nations?
    R: In the way that literacy educators and others support equal access to inform technologies for all students to ensure that each student has equal access to life’s opportunities

    4.What do school leaders need to do to provide adequate education?
    R: School leaders need to maximize the educational return on the investment that technology offers by supporting long-term-job-embedded professional development that is personally relevant, actively engaging, and cognizant of the developmental process through which teachers integrate technology in their classrooms

    5.What is the role of universities to support our students in the digital age?
    The role of Universities is that they must embed ICTs strategically in graduate programs for teachers.

    6.Why is it important to form critical students in this online context?
    Because information is widely available from people who have strong political, economic, religious or ideological stances that profoundly influence the nature of the information.

    7.How can literacy researchers contribute to this change?
    Literacy Researchers should consider bringing their special area of expertise to the study of literacy within the context of ICTs to address the many new questions that face us.

    8.From the section “Our Responsibilities”, choose one recommendation that you find more difficult to carry out and on that you find easy to implement and explain why.

    -Provide equal opportunity and access for all students to use ICTs that foster and improve learning. We think these one would be the most difficult because the problem of social differences has been always an issue to the education and many other topics. It’s kind of impossible to deliver the technology or / and opportunities equally. It has to exist a real commitment with the cause and after all these years we think that nothing will change. Those who can, will do it, and those who fight to get these opportunities will receive barely something.

    -Explore new instructional models for integrating the internet and other ICTs as part of literacy instruction. Nowadays there are many institutions and programs which help teachers or authorities to become aware of the new era of technology. As it is part of our reality, we think that it would be easier for people to learn and use these new tools in the classrooms.

    Members: Melissa León
    Karla Pineda

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