Thinking about the Transliteracy Workshop and the question(s) of/about literacy, here are some interesting and current points of view on literacies.
neurology and literacy
For Doug Belshaw (based on his teaching experience):

"True literacy is predicated upon some type of intelligence and intentionality of action. It's about communication and selecting and deploying the correct tools for the job. Students may be well versed in Bebo, MySpace, MSN Messenger and the like but this does not mean that they can be classed as digitally literate in any meaningful sense. The ability to abstract from those very specific applications is unfortunately sorely lacking in a good number of cases."

For Troy Hicks:

"It makes no sense complaining about the decline of the printed word. As it becomes just another medium, we are moving to a kind of multimedia literacy, where capability with print becomes no more important, or useful, than capability with image. […] We are not witnessing the decline of literacy, simply a new type of literacy."

According to Paul Waelchli procedural literacy is about “learning through doing.”

“Videogame players learn by actively taking part in a process. Players make decisions based on information, experience the results of those decisions, and adjust future strategies based on those results. Videogames are an active learning experience.”

It also seems that we are hardwired for transliterate reading since, as Virginia W. Berninger and Todd L. Richards explain:

sensory systems and literacy


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