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Reading Revolution

Social Networking Technologies for Learning

May 5, 2011

Social Networking & Literacy

  • New technologies are bringing revolutionary transformations in reading, writing, communicating, and knowledge production. It represents a fourth revolution following language, writing, and print.

    • Warschauer, 2008

Social Networking: Changing Literacy Practices

  • Work

    • 62% of adults cell phones and text message to complete job related tasks.

  • MMORPG’s Business Leadership

    • Resources are distributed

    • Highly-competitive

    • Highly-collaborative

  • Civic Engagement

    • Obama Facebook

    • YouTube Debates

    • Record number of registered voters under 30 turn out to vote in the primaries. Power to the Millennial!

Digital Literacies

  • Design web pages people want to visit.

  • Know rules for participation in electronic communities.

  • Effectively and appropriately insert oneself into an electronic community.

  • The ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities.

In an Out of School Literacy Practices

  • School based literacy practices

    • Decoding and encoding page bound print

    • A solitary act of cognition.

    • Assessed by a standardized test.

  • Out of school literacy practices

    • Read and write multimodal texts

    • Collaborative

    • Performance assessment - Using texts and technologies to communicate effectively to get something done in the world.

Social Networking & Youth

  • 96% of 9-17 year olds report using social networking technologies.

  • 70% use at least 9 hours a week.

  • Reading and writing more than anytime history.

  • Changes the way young people:

    • Communicate

    • Socialize

    • …and how they approach learning

Social Networking & Schools

  • 80 – 90 % of schools against any type of social networking technology like email, posting to discussion boards, blogging, & text messaging.

  • Frivolous and the equivalent of unproductive classroom talk.

  • Digital ways of writing “dumb down kids”

  • Academic writing needs to proceed digital ways of writing

Texting and Literacy

  • Txt Msg N School Literacy: Does Texting and Knowledge of Text Abbreviations Adversely Affect Children's Literacy Attainment? (2008)

    • Children who are avid text messages tend to have better performance on a measures of verbal reasoning ability, spelling attainment and general writing attainment.

September 7 - 9:26 am hi

September 7 - 4:19 pm hey

September 7- 3:41pm hi

March 30 4:28pm hey wat r u doing? ask ur mom and dad if you can come to my B-DAY!

April 15 10:43 am HEY WHAT DID U DO @ UR GRANDMAS

May 5 - 9:50 am

Hey Girl,

How is Texas? I want to go to Texas really bad! Is Texas hot during the winter? I have never been to Texas. What is your school like? Ours hasn’t changed much. We got a kid name Tyler.

For our concert our songs are ‘Tiger Tiger, Talk To The Animals,” The Goat, “ Music of Life,” and “Three Creature Feature.”




The Problem

  • Children do not always learn these literacies on their own.

    • Some do not have access.

  • Millennial Myth

    • Many tend to use social media in narrow and repetitive ways.

  • The digital divide may be widening

  • The purpose of schooling

    • To ensure that all students benefit from learning in ways that allow them to participate fully in public, community and economic life (New London Group, 1996).

    The Question

    • How can social network sites promote the development of digital literacies and the academic literacies school purport to value?

    Why youth ♥ Social Network Sties

    Yes! This is my biological Mom!

    Motivation & Literacy

    • A strong connections exists between identity construction and motivation to engage in literacy learning.

    • Motivation is key in raising literacy achievement!!



    Collaborative Story Writing

    Edmodo and Attitudes Toward Writing

    • Because it makes me feel more confident of my writing.

    • I really like when people tell me how good i did on a project.

    • I think it inspired me to write these stories with my friends and family. I thought it was a fun activity.

    • Both of them were using what they thought would make real story, two minds making something interesting.

    • I like typing on Edmodo better because I personally think that typing is more fun than writtng on paper.

    Teacher of the Year

    • Keep your head up high and stay in charge!

    • Always remember to have everything you need!

    • Never give up, no matter how frustrating

    • it gets!

    • Stay calm when a student forgets something.

    • Remember to speak in a calm voice!

    • Never be shy to mess up.

    • Be random and mix it up a little bit.

    • Remember subjects are not just facts.

    Pre-service Teacher Thoughts

    • I was nervous about doing the Magazine cover because I felt like my status was at the will of these ten year olds, but I was happy to read the TONS of responses I received. I was flattered actually.

    • I had no idea that there were such great websites available for teachers and ways to incorporate technology into the classroom.

    • I learned that fifth graders are a lot smarter than I thought!


    • Students become closer and more inclusive as a group.

    • Provide students with opportunities to build digital literacies who lack access at home.

    • Improve motivation to engage in literacy building activities.

    • Bridge out of school literacy practices with academic literacy practices in ways that improve both skill sets.

    Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction for the 21st Century

    • Provide a clear purpose for writing.

    • Provide an authentic audience for writing.

    • Provide opportunities for self-expression.

    • Provide opportunities to draw on funds of knowledge.

    • Provide opportunities for collaborative writing.

    • Provide opportunities for multimodal expression.

    My beliefs

    • Not the equivalent of unproductive classroom talk.

    • These web pages count as legitimate text for learning.

    • Students are learning how to texts and technologies to communicate effectively.

    • The are learning to read and write in ways that schools claim to value.

    • They are learning skills valued that will help them become productive citizens and achievement personal fulfillment in their lives outside of school.

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