The meaning of literacy and reading comprehension have changed over the years because new technologies have enabled readers to look at text in both print and non-print media and delivered through multiple formats. Twenty-first century learners have grown up interacting with texts using technological devices like Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Apple’s iPad as well as social media like blogs, twitters, instant messaging, and others. In addition, they are doing research through the Internet which requires the ability to read text for information across multiple windows; to evaluate the validity of the information presented; and to make ethical decisions in using such information. In this paper, the authors will address the notion of digital, multimodal, multiple literacies in the context of the literacy skills necessary to function effectively across cultures in democratic societies. The authors will also discuss the role of educators in literacy development and in terms of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to prepare K-12 diverse learners for participation in 21st century citizenship and lifelong learning.
|Keywords:||Global Citizenship, Digital Texts, Literacy, Multiliteracies, Technology|
Director and Professor, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA
Azusa Pacific University, CA, USA
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