Posted by Linda W. Braun
This is the first week of YALSA’s online course – New Literacies for Young Adults. We started on Monday and the full class – 28 students in all – has been discussing, creating, and participating. As I’ve been teaching the class and communicating with students, I’ve been thinking a lot about all the reading and writing required in order to participate in anything online. For example, this week one of the topics up for discussion is My Space. Students in the class have been discussing how to setup My Space accounts, troubleshooting My Space glitches, and considering how and why community environments like My Space appeal to teenagers. In order to do that we’ve all be reading and writing constantly.
At the same time I’ve been thinking about all of the new cool sites I keep finding out about. These include, Pandora which is a very interesting music streaming site and Newsvine which is a site that aggregates news and gives members the chance to write articles for the site.
No matter where I turn to look at technology that teens and adults use, I’m bombarded with text and I’m given the chance to write down my own ideas about the resource I’m checking out. Literacy is not a thing of the past, that’s for sure. The ways we read and write might change, but the actual act of reading and writing live on stronger than ever – I would say.