Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms

In “Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms” Fisher and Frey approach the concept of literacy in the light of the recent  developments in the world of technology and digital media. The kind of literacy the authors talk about in this book is what they  dub ” literacy 2.o” a name which , I believe, carries profound connotations to the concept of web 2.0 or what Tim O’Reilly called the social web.

literacy 2.0, as the authors argue, is not a departure from literacy 1.0  nor is it a replacement of it; literacy 2.0  represents a shift, one that is built on and extends the major notions embedded in literacy 1.0.

literacy 2.0

“Literacy 2.0 doesn’t make literacy 1.0 obsolete. Similar to new versions of software programs, literacy 2.0 builds on the operating system of literacy 1.0. Literacy 2.0 assumes that students learn vocabulary, comprehension, creative and critical thinking, writing, and so on but that they do so in different venues. In other words, literacy 2.0 is the next version of literacy, rather than an update.”

In the eyes of Fisher and Frey, literacy 2.0  requires knowledge of 21st century skills, especially those related to collaboration, creativity, listening and viewing, and sharing, locating, and storing information. Additionally, one of the books finest points deals with the intersection of technology and literacy and the ways in which each

one is shaping and informing the other.Teachers will find the book replete with handy tips on how to use technology to boost students literacy and  improve instruction.

Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms” by: Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey

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