The more that you read…the more things you will know.

Hello ECI832’ers,

As the wonderful mind of Dr. Seuss says, “The more you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.  These words have never rang truer to me in my life than they do now.  I think I am finally at a place in my life and career that I grasp what he meant by this quote.  Being literate is such a gift and it opens an unlimited amount of doors – you can do anything, you can be anything, we CAN change the world with literacy and knowledge. ❤  I don’t even think Dr. Seuss could have possibly understood the vast ways in which we need to be literate in today’s society and the quick pace in which we need to wrap our heads around them.

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I think the best way for me to break it down this week is to highlight some of the ways I think we need to be literate so that we can be a “fully” literate society.

Print and Numeracy Literacy:

“Helping someone to read and write effectively or acquire the basic math skills so many of us take for granted, improves the future of everyone in society. Literacy is critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being.”

-Project Literacy

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Project Literacy out of Kelowna, BC does a wonderful job breaking down the immense importance of literacy to many facets of our lives.  First, to the economy, when we have an educated, literate society to work with, more people can pull themselves from poverty and become contributing members of society.  Second, the benefits to both the individual whom is literate as well as the community in which they live.  The project states the following ways that literacy can positively impact someones life,

“For new-comers to Canada, adequate English language skills are essential to forming friendships, without which they are susceptible to isolation, loneliness and anxiety. Persons with adequate literacy skills maintain better health through their ability to understand and interpret health information and From a collective perspective,” and finally “a literate community is a dynamic community; a community that exchanges ideas, engages in dialogue is more innovative and productive.”

As you can see, the reach is endless.  A literate society is a successful, happy, healthy society.

Digital Literacy: 

digital GIFIn one of the articles we read this week titled, “What is Media Literacy and why is it Important?” posted on Common Sense Media, focuses greatly on the key points of WHY we need to be digitally literate by making ties to the above print/numeracy literacy stated above.  The first line of the article is, “The word “literacy” usually describes the ability to read and write. Reading literacy and media literacy have a lot in common. Reading starts with recognizing letters. Pretty soon, readers can identify words — and, most importantly, understand what those

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words mean. Readers then become writers. With more experience, readers and writers develop strong literacy skills.”  We piece together our skills so we can be literate in whichever society we reside.  Our current society depends on us to be digitally literate as many of the positives stated above from the print literacy are achieved now with aspects of digitally literacy.  Everything is so interconnected.

As my classmate Danielle says in her blog this week, we need to take action to show kids what responsible digital literacy and technology use looks like!  As we would model any kind of literacy as teachers in either print or numeracy in our classroom, we need to show kids that there are useful, meaningful, efficient ways to use technology and literacies online.  The same way that the aforementioned print/numeracy literacy creates positive communities, positive relationships and economic growth, digital literacy has the ability to do the same!

Conclusion:

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I think in order to be considered literate in today’s society it means that we need to take the ability to read/write/use technology both in the literal sense of function and understanding the implications of technology as well, and put it all together to be able to think critically about the world around us.  With the rapid rate in which information is sent at us, it is not even close to enough to only have the ability to be able to understand the words in the literal sense – we also need to be able to understand the message and the author’s purpose as anyone can create media.  It is absolutely critical that we have the skills to vet out information that is untrue or partially true.  In the Common Sense Media article they pose 5 important skills that digital literacy gives children and they are the building blocks to reaching the type of society and the type of world that I would be happy to live in.

  • Learn to think critically. As kids evaluate media, they decide whether the messages make sense, why certain information was included, what wasn’t included, and what the key ideas are. They learn to use examples to support their opinions. Then they can make up their own minds about the information based on knowledge they already have.

  • Become a smart consumer of products and information. Media literacy helps kids learn how to determine whether something is credible. It also helps them determine the “persuasive intent” of advertising and resist the techniques marketers use to sell products.

  • Recognize point of view. Every creator has a perspective. Identifying an author’s point of view helps kids appreciate different perspectives. It also helps put information in the context of what they already know — or think they know.

  • Create media responsibly. Recognizing your own point of view, saying what you want to say how you want to say it, and understanding that your messages have an impact is key to effective communication.

  • Identify the role of media in our culture. From celebrity gossip to magazine covers to memes, media is telling us something, shaping our understanding of the world, and even compelling us to act or think in certain ways.

  • Understand the author’s goal. What does the author want you to take away from a piece of media? Is it purely informative, is it trying to change your mind, or is it introducing you to new ideas you’ve never heard of? When kids understand what type of influence something has, they can make informed choices.

 

Thanks for reading,

Dani ❤

“Educating the mind without educating the heart,

is no education at all.”

-Aristotle

 

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4 thoughts on “The more that you read…the more things you will know.

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  1. Hi Dani!
    I really enjoyed reading your post.
    I agree with you completely that in order to become more literate in today’s world, we need to take all abilities and apply it to understanding the implications of technology and the world that surrounds us today. It’s truly important that we teach our students, our children on how to become more literate today.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. As always, another great post! I’m with you in thinking that if we can incorporate some of the 5 suggestions by Common Sense Media’s article, there is hope for us to exist in a society that I would be proud of too! So, I guess it’s kind of up to people like us, to take the skills we are learning in this class, to create this change… because, who else is going to do it? Thanks for some thought provoking comments and a lovely read! Peace!

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  3. Great post-Dani.I completely agree with you that considering literate in today’s society it means that we need to take the ability to read/write/use technology both in the literal sense of function and understanding the implications of technology. In this media-saturated culture, our kids spend a great amount of time on the internet and they access an enormous amount of data from many sources. It is very important that they are equipped with right media literacy skills which are very important and essential proficiency in the digital age. Media literacy is the skill to recognize different types of media and understand the messages they’re sending.the article you shared is very informative while it narrates how media literacy empowers our kids and make them critical thinkers so that they can evaluate the media and make an appropriate sense of the information they are getting out of it. It makes them a smart consumer of the information which helps them to differentiate between what is credible and what is not. once again great thoughts, I enjoyed reading it

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