Reflections on EVO (2009 and later)

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Multiliteracies: Week One

Posted by Mariel Amez on January 18, 2009

I believe the concept of multiliteracies as developed in the article can be linked to the conclusion of Wesch’s video: making students knowledge-able, that is to say, able not only to “read” critically all the varied media available, be it visual, multimedia, electronic or any form yet to be developed, but also to be “active designers of social futures”. Empowerment is a key word in both texts.

With regard to the article itself, I would like to share with you the following “Immigrants See Charter Schools as a Haven” http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/10/education/10charter.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&th&emc=th (I’ve already tagged it on Delicious as” evo2009mlit”)
It seems to suggest that since integration in a context of local diversity is hard to achieve, the answer of some immigrants to America is segregation. I take issue with such a view, and I would like to know what you think.

On the other hand, the article on multiliteracies focuses, I believe, on the skills required by the marketplace, and how schools should cater for it. I’m afraid I cannot fully agree. It is true that unless learning is democratised we cannot dream of effecting any kind of social change, but I also think that schools are becoming increasingly utilitarian, which is not positive. Where will our future philosophers and poets be educated, for example, if not at schools that teach them to create, regardless of the market value of their creation?

One final thought on the superb Wesch video. I must confess I feel overwhelmed by the expansion of the tools developed in the last 5 years, and I cannot help but thinking how many more will be created in the next 5, or 10? How with this rage shall we hold a plea? Plenty has already been written on m-learning, and Wesch hints at it. What are our chances – and our sts’ – to cope and keep abreast?

Looking forward to reading your views.

Mariel Amez

NB:  First published in the course wiki http://havingalookatmultiliteracies.pbwiki.com/Weekly-Activities%3A-Week-1

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