In travelling the Digital Literacies Highway (I know it's a tad cliche-ish but it works!), I feel there are several points that are worth stopping the 'car' for and considering.
As I pause and get my own bearings, I have to wonder about the speed at which some are moving forward. Of course, there will always be pioneers who have the vision (and opportunities) to move in new directions. (It must be exciting to be at the helm and be able to see what lies around the next turn!) And there must be, by necessity, those who are willing to follow and populate new places with new thinking, new ideas and new tools.
I guess one of my concerns at this point is what about those left behind? Many teachers are more than willing to travel, and bring students along, but have questions regarding what to bring along on the trip. Especially those who are first-time flyers!
What strategies do we throw in the suitcase regarding reading? Texts don't look quite the same where we're headed. As a matter of fact, we know we can't plan the same if only because there's so many decisions to be made when reading the sidebars and there's detours when we get to hyperlinks! What about all the things to be seen? How will we know what to focus on? Skim? Ignore?
What about writing? Looks like it's more collaborative; how do we prepare for that? What tools do we need to bring? Paper and pencils are so inadequate. What if we can't afford to pack iPads? Where are the directions for all the gadgets we could take if we have the inclination and the room in our backpacks?
Who will we look to for directions if we get lost or see something interesting on a side-road we want to explore?
|I know one thing though; I am heading out again soon!|