The first technology piece I worked with was pager. That was in the 1994. Later I got my cell phone which was the beginning of using the web browser. I still remember that the first laptop I purchased was bought to me was from the USA by my friend who was doing his PhD in Pittsburgh.
My uses of computer were not more than to write on the Microsoft word and browsing the Internet. I didn’t depend a lot on the computer a lot because most my work with students in the class was based on prepared materials and the whiteboard. Another point is that, I still prefer to read different types of literary texts from books rather than screen. I feel myself living the event and passion with the author and concentrate more than using technology. For that, I have my own small library at home to read from time to time. I try to add new books from bookstore and from some book fairs.
I started using Google more when I started my higher studies and looking for unavailable resources such as journal and books. I have found uncle google is always helpful even for locating free journals that needs to register into some websites to purchase or reading them. Later, as a teacher of English I worked download some materials from the internet and use them in my classes to motivate students to learn English.
Computers and cell phones and the most important devices from me for more than a reason. For my studies, working environment, the computer is the best to get my resources. Cell phones have become an effective device to use to find for information when there is not internet connection for my computers to find e-sources. In addition, as staying in a country as the USA or visiting another country, the GPS has become a close friend. For that, going away without technology has become difficult from various reasons. For instance, keeping interaction with others, finding my way to a new place, checking my emails, …etc. in spite of this relation with technology, I try to leave it a way and live without it when I can even if that for few hours.
Wow, your first laptop was brought from the US? And, it’s interesting to read that your first experience of laptop was quite similar with mine (Microsoft Word and the Internet)!
This is interesting to read your history. I enjoyed it a lot.
I also think that technology is important but I think children should be taught how to make a positive use of technology. Now a days, many parents give the advantage of using technology to their kids. It is fine but let them know the best and positive use of it. Otherwise, it is like giving fire to them without teaching how to use it properly.
What do you think?
I agree with you Sukantu that children must be well directed through their family members to use technology properly. technology is a two face dimension that can be used positively or negatively. However, every generation has to be guided differently from others. The new coming generation are demanding and touched to computers and technology more than the previous one. Therefore, they need to be guided wisely because sometimes they feel they don’t want to be manipulated with old or conservative thoughts.
I am happy to read how you contextualize your response. I agree with you that “Computers and cell phones and the most important devices.” You are absolutely right.
• What are 3 of your fundamental beliefs about learning literacy?
1- We believe that learning literacy should be based on students’ age, interest, and background.
2- We believe that learning literacy should motivate students to learn more.
3- We believe that learning literacy should be multimodal.
What are 3 of your fundamental beliefs about teaching literacy?
4- We believe that teaching literacy should be placed in a context.
5- We believe that teachers’ role in teaching literacy should be facilitating rather than being teachers-centered process.
6- We believe that teaching literacy should take in consideration students’ individual differences, abilities, skills, and background.
• What should be 3 key goals for literacy education in a digital age?
1- We believe that literacy education should help students be familiar with principles of certain literacy.
2- We believe that literacy education should aim at creating autonomous and independent learners.
3- We believe that literacy education should enable students to utilize digital technology effectively to promote their creativity and enhancing their literacy knowledge and skills.
• What should be your basic approach to teaching literacy? What role should technology have in that teaching approach?
We believe that teaching literacy approach will be based on combining theory and practice. Technology will be essential in the teaching approach for supporting students to learn and practice.
• How should literacy pedagogy respond to today’s technological world and to today’s digital learners?
Today’s pedagogy should use technology as indispensable part in today’s digital world. Further, to link the students with outside world to interact and exchange knowledge.
• Discuss how your vision for teaching literacy would address the needs of World English speakers.
Our vision of teaching literacy will address the needs of world’s English speakers by promoting English literacy through connecting both learning and teaching approaches to technology.
• Discuss how your vision responds to the challenge of the “digital divide,” a challenge that says we must worry about providing equal access to technology and information.
Our vison responds to the challenge of the digital divide to provide access to technology for all learners and teachers through recommending to governments to provide as much as possible of devices in their schools.
• Should your approach to teaching literacy be the same as your approach to teaching other areas of English today? Why or why not?
We believe teaching literacy is a general issue that can take in account the vision suggested above. However, it is possible that teaching each skill of English language may differ in approach and the use of technology. For instance, teaching writing will be different from teaching speaking or listening.
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Technology rushed forward, and soon the Terminator film will be embodied in the truth.
By the way, I also use the Internet only for reading news)))
I forgot to add – sometimes I play mainkraft – https://mainkraft.online – a good game, develops creative thinking))