This post is the fourth and last part in a four-part series on how education delivery is changing, and the set of literacies required in today’s world. Part 1 looked at textbooks; Part 2 at direct instruction/lecturing; Part 3 at computer learning.. This post looks at learning models and types of literacy.
Literacy. What does it mean?
Literacy is about being able to access information locked up in a code; it's also about being able to use that code. To be literate is to be able to read and write.
There's also another aspect of literacy that goes beyond mere decoding. This is about reading with understanding, with critical awareness.
Argument around the dangers of modern technology tends, in the way of arguments, to simplistically characterize the players: Internet = short, shallow; Social media = frivolous, distracting; Games = frivolous; Textbooks, Lectures = serious, deep, instructive.