EDUC 932: The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative

Read one of the articles from the Beyond Laptops Essential Readings list  and express your thoughts about the article (agree, disagree, explain how this could affect you, etc.). You may need to give a very brief summary of the article so that people reading your post will understand your commentary.

Summary:  The very nature of reading and writing is changing.  Social media and other forms of media and art are being creatively merged in order to facilitate a new form of learning and literacy experience.  Instead of a student merely reading a text and writing a response, they are given the option to experience stories and texts through combined or collaborative mediums and they learn and contribute socially.  Social media platforms allow the students to offer their creativity and insight of their experience of the story.  This new format allows students to learn through social bonding, which has proven critical to much of learning, and to experience a story from a variety of artistic perspectives.


“Stein points to a 10-year-old he met in London recently. The boy reads for a bit, goes to Google when he wants to learn more about a particular topic, chats online with his friend who are reading the same book, and then goes back to reading.  ‘What I’m arguing is that we should say reading equals all of these behaviors,’ Stein said. ‘Not just when you’re looking at the book, but also when you’re talking to people about the book or when you’re Googling things that occur to you as you read the book.'”

I love this.  I think the people who we think of as researchers and inventors have been doing this for a long time, however.  I think very few people who developed powerful ideas did so as an island.  Social connection and communal learning has always been a core element of development.  Those who made groundbreaking discoveries or inventions or new working theories always have done so in a network, but the difference was that instead of google and social media, they used libraries, books, scientific journals, or other forms of peer review to accomplish the same.  Social media, the internet, and new mediums of communication have simply made this a highly practical and accessible form of learning for the current generation.  Instead of a privileged and educated few being able to access these networks we now have the capacity to involve learners and creators at all levels.  That’s not to diminish in anyway the depth and richness these new mediums add.  Now those researchers can accomplish far more and do it much more quickly and efficiently.

“The age of the know-it-all author who went into her room for three months and figured something out that no one figured out, and had a whole idea that was hers alone – it’s over.”

This is a strong overstatement on the part of the piece.  No one ever did this except perhaps the occasional savant, and they will continue to show up in society.  As stated above, the big difference now is the accessibility of social resources and research.  No idea was ever any one person’s alone because they inevitable build upon the knowledge given them by their predecessors, even if the only connection to those predecessors was the technology and experience of everyday life made possible by their work.  The fundamental shift is one of accessibility.


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