Heather Smith – regular blogger and writer – writes about how young people can be supported in utilising the array of communication tools available in today’s world
The written language is one of the most valuable inventions of mankind. With written languages, it’s possible for an individual to communicate with people in the present and the future through text. In addition, written languages allowed for the accurate dissemination of different thoughts and ideas. With the advent of new communication methods like the Internet, literacy requires more than just the comprehension of words. It requires an individual to understand how global information systems can be used to retrieve, process and disseminate ideas. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how students can achieve 21st century literacy.
Many people consider the Internet to be one of man’s greatest inventions. While lots of people use the Internet for entertainment purposes, it’s important to understand how it can be vessel for social change around the world.
The Internet and Social Revolutions
The days of state-sponsored censorship and indoctrination are largely over because of the Internet. Since people can share thoughts and ideas with people around the globe, it’s possible to communicate on a level that wasn’t possible before. In addition, this new form of communication can be an effective way for people to avoid indoctrination under a fear-based regime.
For example, the Arab Spring was precipitated by social media services like Facebook and Twitter. Since people in middle-eastern countries could communicate with each other, they were able to discover the widespread abuses by their leaders. In addition, social media allowed these groups to coordinate the takedown of several middle-eastern leaders.
In addition, the Internet has allowed technology and science to evolve at an exponential rate. Since news about an invention or discovery can spread around the globe in mere seconds, it’s possible for large groups of people to coordinate on huge research projects.
Teaching Students How to Use Search Engines
It’s essential for students to have a thorough understand of the Internet. While traditional literacy still plays an important role in modern society, it’s pivotal that students know how to search for information online. In addition, it’s essential that students understand how different online collaboration tools can be used to boost productivity.
Teaching Students through Collaboration
A great way to teach children about 21st century literacy is through a collaborative project. Instead of having students work with their peers in the classroom, it’s a good idea to have them coordinate with different students from around the world. Since there are many translation tools that can be used to enhance communication in different languages, there’s no need for people to collaborate on a project in the same language.
For example, students could collaborate on a design blueprint, a computer program, a documentary or an article. By teaching students about social media services, it’s possible for them to leverage these tools for their project.
Teaching Students About Different Perspectives
It’s also important to make sure that students have an understanding of how different people perceive situations in different ways. Like empathy, having a strong sense of one’s own perceptual biases can be a powerful tool when collaborating with people from different cultures.
For example, students can be exposed to different viewpoints of the same situation. After reading a mostly-neutral article, students can be given articles that show different levels of bias. An article on Jewish settlers in Israel will have a different perspective if written by Palestinians.
The Internet plays an important role in modern society. By teaching students how they communicate around the globe, it’s possible to build a future with less war, better quality of life and higher levels of education.
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to http://www.nanny.net/service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.