Magazine article Technology & Learning

The New Literacies. (Special Advertising Section)

Magazine article Technology & Learning

The New Literacies. (Special Advertising Section)

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Students have to know so much more these days. Luckily, technology can help them. If they have easy access to the tools, the skills will follow. And just as with anything else, practice makes perfect. What are they practicing? New literacies for the information age: basic, technology, and information literacies. These skills make all the difference--in doing well in school, getting into college, and finding a great job. And handheld computers provide easy access to the tools.

Basic Literacy

This traditional skill is even more important in a world exploding with information. Basic literacy means being able to read and write and understand nuances in oral and written communication. Today that includes decoding complex information and then analyzing and communicating it. How do handheld computers help? Teachers can keep track of student progress and individualize instruction.

Technology Literacy

Almost every good job today involves being able to use computers and software applications effectively and feeling comfortable with a variety of technological tools. …

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