A qualitative analysis as a participant observer.
Most definitions of literacy are too complicated and that makes them useless to me and my students. They need a handle and most don't have one. In English we have names for these handles: figurative language, metaphor, motif among them. In music and art they speak of tone. In dance they speak of the core and the center. Everybody has a different way in to literacy. Each has its own 'domain bias'. So…I don't believe in the term digital literacy anymore. I believe in skills and tools and critical stances and ways into the problems of our lives. Evolution is a literacy. Adaptation is a literacy. Scientific method is literacy. Digging in your heels is a literacy. I guess my point is that literacies have come to be just a way for my ilk (educators) to wrest the reins from everyone else (peers, parents, pols, et al). The word itself is fairly new to our lexicon (1880's) but its antithesis, illiteracy, dates to the 1600's. It seems we understand absence more that presence. We know what it means to be unlettered…
Q: What’s the first thing you read in the morning?
A. My first stop is usually The New York Times, first the front page and then the most e-mailed list.
Q: Books Greene is reading?
One important part of my routine, however, is reading eToCs (electronic tables of contents), which I have emailed to me by about 40 journals.
Three suggestions for blogging I have followed off and on:
1. Develop a morning and evening personal learning algorithm. In other words set up your internet search into a daily routine. Mine is centered around Google Reader, Tweetdeck, Diigo, Google Mail, and several curation sites. I get inspiration from them.
2. Use an annotation tool like Diigo to highlight and extract information.
3. Experiment with different ways of gathering and filtering information on your blog like VoicePress–a way to blog via speech to text.