I have recently been researching reasons for implementing ICT into literacy lessons, and have come to discover how interconnected the two really can be. I now understand that in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the meaning making process, students make experience interactions on both a physical and cognitive plane. Through constantly shifting between modes and texts, students are able to build layers of meaning connecting their reading and writing processes. However, throughout my study one overwhelming concept kept coming up: it is the quality of the experience rather thean the time spent using ICT that improved literacy learning. This means that even if technology is incorporated into a lesson, if it is only used to replace traditional print methods, the knowledge the students gain form that lesson will not be enhanced or reinforced. To see what insights other students gained from this assignment, visit Maddy’s blog.
Using ICT to support literacy learning