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Lessening the Resistance. John Gravener, John Guelcher, Kathleen Klompien, and Andrea Verschaeve. Lessening the Resistance. Technology is inescapable. Traditional methods to teaching, and the teaching of literacy, will no longer hold.

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Lessening the resistance

Lessening the Resistance

John Gravener, John Guelcher, Kathleen Klompien, and Andrea Verschaeve


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Lessening the Resistance

  • Technology is inescapable.

  • Traditional methods to teaching, and the teaching of literacy, will no longer hold.

  • “The relationship between writing and the material world is both inextricable and profound” (Haas, p. 3).

  • Multiple literacies can only help our students, not hinder them.


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Lessening the Resistance

Walter Ong:

Literacy separates in a way orality does not.

Jack Goody:

Lists allowed people to view their worlds differently.

Lisa Delpit:

Computer literacy = another discourse community.


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Lessening the Resistance

We use new technologies to do things such as:

  • E-mail friends and family

  • Pay bills

  • Compute grades

    When we encourage student use of technology, we prepare them to navigate through a global economy.


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Lessening the Resistance

Harvey Graff:

In the 19th Century, those in power determined access to literacy.

Deborah Brandt:

Sponsors of literacy encourage or hinder student success.


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Lessening the Resistance

As teachers, we can…

Keep students out

Allow students access


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Lessening the Resistance

Elizabeth Sommers:

English depts. Must shift their paradigms concerning technology.

Christina Haas:

The dawning of a technological age allows us to gain perspective.


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Lessening the Resistance

  • Diversity in tools for teaching literacy is advantageous.

  • The same effort that we put into meeting the needs of our students should be also put into advancing our students’ technological literacies… and our own


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