Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Media Literacy

"Media literacy is not just important, it's absolutely critical. It's going to make the difference between whether kids are a tool of mass media, or mass media is a tool for kids to use." by Linda Ellerbee

Thursday, 13 December 2007


Writingmatrix Wiaoc2007

From: vances, 6 months ago

Vance Stevens, Nelba Quintana, Rita Zeinstejer, Sasha Sirk, and Doris Molero
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Monday, 3 December 2007

Multiliteracy in another media

One thing that I find interesting about the idea of multiliteracy is that it encompasses different media. Literacy here is not only about the written word, but the several means by which we can create, understand, and reproduce content. This is a video (posted by Anna Jane from Australia 2 days ago) about multiliteracy that gives an idea of what it is using a different means for conveying the concept of multiliteracy. I hope you like it.

Monday, 26 November 2007

The beginning

Nowadays information overloads us: television, radio and above all Internet. How to cope with all this? It is necessary to develop skills to understand messages and the intentions of their authors.

Stuart Selber has written a book called "Multiliteracies for a Digital Age" where he says, " one has to be more than a computer geek to claim computer literacy" . He shows three aspects in the definition of computer literacy. In my opinion, the first one is technical and the other two, social:
  1. Functional Literacy refers to the computer as a tool and how to use it.
  2. Critical Literacy is associated with the ability to understand and reflect about the relationship between technology and society.
  3. Rhetorical Literacy allows people to react to the inherent influence of persuasion present in the messages of non-neutral power structures.

Selber says that academic institutions have the responsibility for developing this three-staged computer literacy and that the traditionally technical support is not enough.