During class today I kind of had this…wait for it… ‘aha’ moment. I was listening to some of my peers talk about the future of literacy with a large focus on technology as a tool of literacy, and I began to wonder if we separated the two, literacy and technology, and considered our future of literacy this way. In discussing the future, innovative advances in technology are what we focus on when it comes to literacy, or really anything for that matter, because it’s out never-ending quest for a fast-speed, uncomplicated and efficient Utopia. To me, the future of the literacy remains and will remain the act of reading or writing (a tentative definition, of course) while, in regards to literacy, the use of technology has just simply been this evolving mold over the form or structure of literacy. It may be valid to argue that the function of literacy will remain the same in the future but the technology that surrounds, alters, and fosters these functions of literacy will change and advance rapidly. So to say that the classrooms of the future will have 12 40” television screens with smart boards everywhere and ipads at every desk may just be a prose solely for the advancements of technology. Whether to say that the actual practice or concept and function of literacy as reading or writing will or will not change may define the true future of literacy.
To pose the question like this: is it true to say that the advancements of technology inevitably alter or affect the function and future of literacy?
I know that in class discussion and with the scholars we have heard from the two concepts of literacy and technology, when considering the future of literacy, have kind of come hand-in-hand. But let me know what you think about separating them…? Do you think it is it even possible?