Teaching Secondary School Literacies with ICT

Teaching Secondary School Literacies with ICT

Teaching Secondary School Literacies with ICT

Teaching Secondary School Literacies with ICT

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This book deals with the challenges in our society’s drive towards full literacy and with changes in language use, alongside its overall brief to be concerned with Information Communications Technology (ICT) and literacy. It focuses on secondary school learning and the great potential in young people’s use of ICT at home. All contributors consider the relationship between technology and literacy within specific contexts, and, as Charles Crook and Roy Dymott suggest in Chapter 6, with the interaction of systems of behaviour rather than the separate categories of ICT and literacy.

Use of ICT nowadays is wide-ranging, so in this introduction I take two examples that indicate the spread of impact. The first one concerns the more immediately obvious connections between text-messaging and teenagers’ writing; the second may reveal rather more subtle indications of change, the impact of ICT on the design of dictionaries. The first has obvious and immediate connections which show up within the classroom; the second is happening now and may well have results we cannot at this moment entirely foresee. The introduction then considers the position of literacy within the secondary curriculum in general. Finally, the chapters are briefly outlined so that readers can appreciate the overall direction of the book.

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