The headline of an article in today’s New York Times by Motoko Rich, “Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?,” may be missing a question more important than the one it asks—more important, at least, to educators. That is, can online reading be merged with more traditional reading forms and methods to develop a new … Continue reading Convergence?
This past Friday, I had the chance to listen to a remarkable man for about three hours at the CUNY Graduate Center. His name is James Gee and he occupies the Fulton Presidential Chair for Literary Studies, Curriculum and Instruction at Arizona State University, having followed the lure of the sun belt from the University … Continue reading Gaming the Classroom
One development in the evolution towards neteracy is a broader appreciation of what it means to write without editing. That is, most bloggers and readers of blogs have become quite forgiving of the type of mechanical and grammatical errors most of us miss when going over our own writings. They are reading for content and … Continue reading Evolving to Neteracy: Comportment on the Web
The following is the draft [updated 11/13/07, with thanks to Sherman Dorn and Time Barrow] for a talk I'll be giving at 1:30 this Thursday, November 15, 2007, for a session at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English at the Javits Center here in New York City. The session, which … Continue reading Academic 2.0: Moving Web Skills into the Classroom
More than 25 years ago, when I was editing an environmental monthly called Chinook Winds, I ran a small piece on the astonishing percentage of Americans who believed that technology would one day fix all the problems we faced. With it, I placed a cartoon of a person with machines growing out of his skull.Even … Continue reading Let Them Eat Their Laptops