Part I Summary
Literacy is constantly changing. Within the past 20 years technology has strongly effected how literacy is obtained. New words like Wii and iPod that today’s students take for granted didn’t exist 20 years ago. The same idea applies in their understanding of the world. Today’s youth frequently take digital images, the internet, and smart phones for granted, forgetting that these items are relatively new to the world.
While teachers used to be alone within the four walls of their classroom now there are many resources allowing a larger learning community. Cassidy has her students write blogs that can be read by family members, other students, and herself. She feels these blogs are more practical because the audience to whom the students are writing is larger. In the past when her students would take up their pencils and paper they were only writing to Cassidy but now their writings can be seen by other students and family members. As well as writing blogs Cassidy has her students write tweets. These shorter responses force students to express themselves in 140 characters or less. These tweets have an even larger audience than the blogs. Both the blogs and tweets offer more “energy” than simply writing in a notebook for one person.
Additionally Cassidy’s classroom meets online with other classrooms from around the United States to practice reading and phonetics. Along with becoming experienced readers and writers Cassidy’s students are learning edict. These opportunities also allow for social experiences. Some people never venture from their country, state, or town. By meeting other students from other parts of the country Cassidy’s students are becoming well rounded in their social, education experience.
Part II Q’s and A’s
Q1 What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?
Cassidy challenges the classrooms that don’t use technology to branch out and communicate with a larger audience. “The days of students reading only books, writing only on paper and becoming literate in an isolated classroom have passed. That classroom is outdated. Is yours?” I would have to agree with her. While reading books and writing on paper is important it is equally important to use the opportunities offered by technology.
Q2 How will the issue affect your relationship with your students, parents, colleagues, and/or principals?
By using technology to make my students’ writings open to a broader audience I believe my relationship with students, parents, colleagues, and principals will be strengthened. The open communication created through blogging and tweeting will allow open communication between myself and others interested in how I am running thing in the classroom.