Tag Archives: Literacy

3 ideas to get started enriching literacy with mobile phones

Boy using phone in class

September is National Literacy Month, and what better way to celebrate and promote literacy than focusing on the tools that students own and love: their cellphones! Using cellphones to enhance learning does not require that they be used in class. If you are in a school where cellphones are banned, the ideas shared here are also applicable outside of class.
Cellphones are a great tool for enriching literacy instruction. Here are three ways innovative educators can use the tools in their students’ pockets for learning inside or outside the classroom.
Full Text: Enriching literacy with cell phones? 3 ideas to get started SmartBlogs.

What does being literate mean?

I often hear teachers talk about the value of literacy. If students are not literate, they will not be able to be functional citizens. I can’t argue with those teachers on that point. I completely agree with them. However, I do disagree with what they think literacy means. To them, it means just being able to read and write. Reading and writing are still very valuable skills that every person needs to master, but there is more to being literate today than there was 20 years ago, and teachers need to keep this in mind.
The digital age requires a whole new set of skills for people to master if they want to be contributing members of the community. Here are some of the new skills that every person should have to be considered literate today.
Full Text: What does it mean to be literate? SmartBlogs.