New Literacies for Global, Digital Learners

By Maria A. Pacino and James T. Noftle.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.477-486. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 755.661KB).

Dr. Maria A. Pacino

Director and Professor, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, USA

Maria A. Pacino. Ed. D. is Director and Professor in two online programs, the Teacher Librarian Services Credential and the Master of Arts in Education: School Librarianship. She also teaches cultural diversity courses at the masters and doctoral level. She has published in the areas of diversity, literacy, and technology. Her book, Reflections on Equity, Diversity, and Schooling was published in 2008.

Dr. James T. Noftle

Azusa Pacific University, CA, USA

James T. Noftle, Ed.D., is an associate professor in the Multiple Subject Teacher Credential Program in the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University.His thirty years of teaching and administrative experience bring a practical understanding and broad knowledge base to the students and faculty at APU. He served as an elementary school teacher, special education teacher, assistant principal, Director of the Sylvan Learning Center, and twelve years in higher education. He continues to research and share his expertise of Literacy.


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