Goals & ChallengesMay 15, 2010 at 11:20 am | Posted in uncategorized | 14 Comments
Our class, Developing Literacy in MST, explores the tried and true literacy strategies to help students engage with and more effectively learn subject matter. The tools of content area literacy, and specifically knowing how to use them, provide students with the keys to become successful readers and writers across the subject areas. Along with the tried and true, the layer of technology comes into play. In his post Rewiring Education & Connecting with the iGeneration, Joe Wood asks,
Are improved print-based literacy strategies enough? Will a teacher or administrator who thinks social networks are a teenage evil, views cell phones as nothing more than a nuisance, and has no clue how YouTube or any other user-generated content website works ever engage and relate to iGeneration students?
From the section on Critical Challenges from the 2010 Horizon Report: The K12 Edition, comes,
Schools are still using materials developed to teach the students of decades ago, but today’s students are actually very different in the way they think and work. Schools need to adapt to current student needs and identify new learning models that are engaging to younger generations.
Our goal and challenge in this course is to merge literacy strategies and technology to make them integral components within content lessons. What have you read that supports this goal? What are the challenges you face?