Technology and Writing

Authored by: Karen Bromley

International Handbook of Literacy and Technology

Print publication date:  April  2006
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780805850871
eBook ISBN: 9780203929131
Adobe ISBN: 9781135609580


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Rapid changes in information and communication technology (ICT) require regular redefinitions of literacy. Many of us can no longer consider ourselves “literate;” rather we must accept the continuing need to “become literate” (Gee, 2003; Leu, 1997; Leu & Kinzer, 2003). New technology related to writing requires constant change in our literacy to adjust to word processing software upgrades, new computer programs, and new composing concepts (e.g., e-zine, html, e-book, WEB editors, filters, ALT text, synchronous and asynchronous communication). For many of us, becoming literate is a social endeavor, and how we acquire literacy has changed. Often, we interact with others to learn how to use a new word processor, create a web page or html, use e-mail, or participate in a discussion board. We are only recently beginning to recognize the possibilities ICT has for enhancing communication and exploring language and literacy (Reinking, McKenna, Labbo, & Kieffer, 1999).

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