As educators, we will often come across these new terms and many others in our career. But what do they mean, and what do they have to do with our use of ICTs? Well to start with, they are all modern forms of literacy.
Literacy is possibly THE biggest issue in school – without it, communication does not happen, and therefore learning does not happen. Communication in its many and varied forms is our way of sharing information, and the way teachers and learners share the experience that is known as education. Literacy can take many forms - written literacy, numerical literacy, computer literacy.....
Oh the times, they are a-changing! Life these days is much busier than a generation or 2 ago, and with that, attention spans are now seen to be much shorter, which affects how we use literacy. The Guardian news website has a rather thought-provoking article on this very issue here, to “Say it quick, and say it well”.
Whether the chicken or the egg came first remains to be seen. It may well be that the overload of data that comes with the “Information Age” has affected our attention spans, or vice versa, that the altered learning capacities of today's students has created the demand for smaller packages of content. Either way, to suit our busy lifestyles we have created a need for bite-sized bursts of content (although we still expect to get a 3 course meal out of it). Thus in trying to communicate information we are confronted with a dilemma of breadth vs. depth. Whether we can have both is a whole separate argument.
But as ICT seems here to stay, then we had best put it to good use to overcome this dilemma.
In the interests of brevity (which is not my strong point), I'm breaking this up into several posts. Mostly because I feel very strongly about this, and have a bit to say about it. So bear with me, and stay tuned. :-)