Teachers and Technoliteracy: Managing Literacy, Technology, and Learning in Schools

Teachers and Technoliteracy: Managing Literacy, Technology, and Learning in Schools

Teachers and Technoliteracy: Managing Literacy, Technology, and Learning in Schools

Teachers and Technoliteracy: Managing Literacy, Technology, and Learning in Schools

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This book is about how to ‘do’ literacy and technology in educationally effective ways, in classrooms, in countries like Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. We do not suggest that teachers and schools must integrate new technologies into classroom work,- at the same time, we recognise that resisting the pressure to take up technology is becoming more difficult by the day.

We believe, rather, that there are vital educational purposes and standards that must not be sacrificed to the technological dance or to the escalating corporatisation of education with which new technologies are so closely associated. If and where teachers and schools decide that they will integrate new communication and information technologies into curriculum and pedagogy, it is crucial that they keep these educational purposes and standards clearly in focus.

Right now, teachers are under enormous pressure to technologise learning. Similarly, individuals, families, businesses and institutions are made to feel that they are not keeping up if they have not wired their world to the web and linked their labours to a Local Area Network (LAN). While it is true that anyone who avoids, or is denied access to, acquiring facility with new technologies may be marginalised in the world beyond schools, nothing hard and fast follows as far as computers in classrooms are concerned. The fact that . . .

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