When you’re building research in digital literacies, it often is very useful to be married to a coder. Chris often helps me think about the perspective of someone who works in the industry and whether what I’m thinking about teaching might actually be useful for students — either immediately or at some point in the future.
Recently, he came in to help me teach my students about coding. All of the folks in this class are English teachers, reading and writing specialists, or headed into pre-service English teaching internships. To say the least, many of them were highly skeptical. They weren’t sure whether they could code, first of all, or whether they wanted to learn. What relevance does code have to teaching reading and writing?Read More »
Below you will find the text of the Shakespeare fan page that Chris made to push my teaching students into learning some HTML and CSS mark-up by compelling them into making some deeply necessary edits. English major humor ahead! I’m leaving it here for posterity, though you should be deeply saddened to know that you’re missing the original, eye-searing aqua-and-yellow color scheme.
The cover image is a Wikimedia Commons image of the “Flower Portrait” of Shakespeare.
My favorite play is called Merchant of Venezuela. It is about two young people who fall in love even though they come from different sides of the tracks. The both have twins and when the four of them go camping in the woods one night fairies come and turn one of them into a horse or something. But that’s ok because they’re all on an island where a sorcerer lives (he used to be a king but when he tried to divide up his kingdom his kids kicked him out). So in the end there’s this HUUGE sword battle where everybody dies because one of the swords is poisonous and the other is really really pointy. It is SO COOL.
One of the things that I have been thinking quite a bit about lately is the term “literacy.” As scholars and teachers, we often use “literacy” to mean “the ability to read and write,” but, practically, it always means more than that. It’s well established that what scholars and educators and standards-writers really mean, especially at the secondary level, is not just reading, but something closer to “the ability to read and synthesize information from a text.” Not just writing, but “the ability to respond coherently within the boundaries of a specific genre.” These are basic social literacy ideas, of course – as Gee says, a student’s reading and writing practices and products need to fit into an acceptable form of school Discourse to count as demonstration of knowledge.
I’ve been thinking about this lately in the context of the new NAEP draft framework for what they are calling technological literacy. I found out about the invitation for public comment and took the survey just before it closed. Here’s a little about what I thought.Read More »