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ERIC Number: ED401385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Story of@LBE-ELECTRONIC: Adult Literacy Students Publish on the Net.
Pobega, Dale
Literacy Now, n1 p6-7,16-18 Sep-Oct 1996
As part of the Victorian Certificate of General Education for Adults (CGEA) in Australia, a project involves students in writing, editing, and distributing The World Times, a student newspaper. Due to a lack of funds, the Internet has become an alternative means of publication, and the@LBE-ELECTRONIC (@LBE-E) World Wide Web site has become a new way for students to develop literacy skills. The class uses two personal computers connected to the Internet, several full access accounts, and a few other personal computers used offline.@LBE-E is divided into seven sections that cover the four literacies model central to CGEA: general editorial, personal issues and problems; current affairs; film, video, and book reviews; local issues; the world of work; and soap opera gossip. Each student takes responsibility for editing a section. The leap from print-based to electronic literacies is disconcerting for students and teachers. Electronic mail content is sometimes limited to the occasional request for "pen pals" or an argumentative issue that sets out to provoke a response. This latter tendency has hampered the building of dialogues. In student writing, a synthesis of abstract thought and personal voice appear, suggesting that students are in search of a reply and discourse. To introduce students to the World Wide Web, the teacher uses metaphors and lay terms to describe Hypertext Markup Language and how it works. (YLB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia