ERIC Number: ED452848
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Publication Date: 1999-Dec
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Toward a Vision of the Future Role of Technology in Literacy Education.
Labbo, Linda D.
This paper examines how technological innovations are likely to play a role in effective literacy education. The first section introduces three key factors, i.e., definition of literacy, predominate learning theory, and classroom communicative technologies. The second section lays the groundwork with brief glimpses of how the three key factors have been exhibited in elementary school classrooms during the 1930s and the 1990s. The third section forecasts the future of literacy education, including anticipating societal literacy expectations, forthcoming definitions of literacy as digital, expecting computer-equipped homes, formulating relevant learning theories, and venturing into the vision. This section also considers what teachers will know about computer-related literacy, what computer-related literacy tools they will have access to, and what they will do with computer-related instructional tools. The fourth section addresses the following questions: (1) How will children's literacy development be viewed in the near future? (2) Can the field of literacy education expect computers to offer a quick-fix for classrooms where children struggle to attain literacy? (3) With technology changing so fast, would it be safer to wait a while before investing in computers for classrooms and staff development efforts? (4) What counts as research? and (5) What types of research questions may help us realize a vision of a digital literacy instructional program? Several possible research questions are also listed. (Contains 30 references.) (MES)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Instructional Effectiveness, Literacy Education, Research Needs, Role
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