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Have You Heard About Technoliteracy?

Fishtree Education

For Shortis (2009) the term technoliteracy is used to describe how adept a user is in communicating through any given device.

"How many media do today's students use in regular communication? SMS, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, written language... the list is quite long, and they certainly use more modes of communication than those that were available to me when I went to university. It therefore follows that they need to learn more forms of literacy than I had to when I was in full time study."

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  • John Wynn

    While I can accept the concept of technoliteracy...and the adeptness of the young people in my life as they move between various modes of communication...I am not convinced that it doesn't contribute to a lack of "real" communication skills.

  • Liz Dwyer

    The idea of WTF standing for 'Welcome to Facebook' made me LOL. The technoliteracy piece is so critical, and along with that literacy comes a thorough education in the ethics of how we're using our devices. With the advent of Google Glass, for example, filming people who may not be aware that you're doing so is sure to be a hot topic. And just as folks have to tell their friends to leave the phone off the dinner table, imagine when folks start trying to wear Glass while out at a restaurant.