Teens, Technology, and Literacy

Teens, Technology, and Literacy

Or, Why Bad Grammar Isn't Always Bad

Book - 2007
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Are you bothered by the bad grammar, emoticons, acronyms, and poor spelling that are ubiquitous in cyberspace, and especially prevalent in teen communications? Do you lament that today's technologies are ruining the reading and writing skills of teens? Well, think again. This author proposes that today's teens are actually exploring and developing new literacies, and learning to use technology in the most effective ways possible. After examining some of the technologies teens commonly use (IM, webblogs, podcast, games), Braun describes how these technologies affect reading, writing, and communication habits and skills; and how they are actually creating new communities of learning. Expand your perspective on what defines literacy, and learn how you can maximize the learning that teens acquire in using new technologies by integrating technologies into your programs and services. A "must-read" for librarians, teachers, and anyone else who works with teens in grades 6 and up.
Is technology good for teens? Yes, it's improving the ways they research and learn - find out how.

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Braun (library and information science, Simmons College) explores the ways teens communicate in cyberspace, considering how the various technologies affect literacy and communication habits and skills. The author believes that, in spite of the commonality of bad grammar, acronyms, and poor spelling, communication via instant messaging, email, and podcasting is creating a new community of learning and is a boon to literacy. Here, she supports these findings and offers strategies to librarians and educators for taking advantage of the type of learning those technologies encourage. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Examines technologies used by teenagers including blogs, Wikis, podcasts, and IM (instant messaging), and describes how teachers can incorporate these technologies into their curriculums to facilitate the development of literacy skills.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, 2007
ISBN: 9781591583684 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1591583683 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 373.1334 BRA
Characteristics: xix, 105 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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