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ERIC Number: EJ950782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
Mobile Perspectives: On Teaching Mobile Literacy
Parry, David
EDUCAUSE Review, v46 n2 p14-16, 18 Mar-Apr 2011
While recognizing that digital access is not evenly distributed in the United States, which is to say nothing of the global distribution, one can safely say that this transformation is already here; people are already at the moment in which the ability to use social media, and particularly social media as amplified through the power of the mobile web, has become a key literacy. What makes this moment more complicated is that just as educators have introduced computers into the classroom--just as they have started to come to terms with the idea of wired learning spaces, mediated laptops, and occasionally the now-dinosaur-like desktops--the mobile web is about to make all this technological adaptation rather outdated. The unwired learning space is about to substantially alter the landscape of teaching with and through technology. The author opines that ethically, teachers are called to teach students how to use these technologies effectively, to ensure that they end up on the right side of the digital divide: the side that knows how to use social media to band together. The author contends that teaching mobile web literacy is as crucial as teaching basic literacy. Educators have obligations to consider how the mobile Internet changes not only how they teach, but what it means to be knowledgeable and educated in their culture. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A