The Journal of Literacy and Technology

Literacy teachers need to stay informed about teaching practices and research. This semester students in READ 6325 are exploring scholarly journals that are in some way related to literacy. Each student was required to write a blog post about one such journal. I will be publishing one or two of their posts each week.

By S. Schelstrate

The Journal of Literacy and Technology: an International Online Academic Journal is published by Florida Atlantic University mainly for use among teachers and academics.  The focus is not only on students, but teachers and adults as learners, technology and its use in and for education.  It began its distribution in 2000 with one publication a year, but has since expanded to three (usually in April, June, and November).  Peer reviewed articles and research are highlighted with a focus on twenty-first century teaching tools.  A nice change from the $90-$110 subscription fee of other academic journals, this journal can be found online for free.  Its website states that, “The Journal of Literacy and Technology provides a free, accessible scholarly forum for all interested parties to explore and debate issues pertinent to novel literacies and digital culture. Part of the mission of The Journal of Literacy and Technology is to open new spheres of academic conversation, with the goal of making ideologies and assumptions apparent and considering possibilities and alternatives.”  With the rapid development of new technology and literacies this journal is at the forefront of collecting the newest research in this area.

This journal seems cover all academic areas with articles such as: “Article: Incorporating Technology within Classroom Literacy Experiences,” “The Role of Collaborative Chat Invention in First-Year Writing: Re-Investigating the Transferability of Preliminary Ideas From Chat to Print,” and “An Analysis of Online Discourse and Its Application to Literacy Learning.”  There is even an article entitled “:“Lecture” with Interaction in an Adult Science Methods Course-Session: Designing Interactive Whiteboard and Response System Experiences” about the use of whiteboards in Science.  In the first article, the researcher investigated the use of communication devices in education while the second article discusses the use of online chatting as a pre-writing activity.  The third research paper is a professor’s analysis of how her students used online communication to understand literacy.  These types of articles could be of interest to any educator wanting to learn more about how students use technology and the benefits/drawbacks of it as well.  They would also be of appeal to researchers as stepping stones to more advanced research.

I found the journal to be easy to read without too many content specific or technical terms.  Words used in the articles mentioned above include: Interactive whiteboard, transferability, and information appliances which are easily understood within context.  As a teacher, I found the article “An Analysis of Online Discourse and Its Application to Literacy Learning” to be quite fascinating and motivating.  It gave me ideas of ways I could integrate new technology into my lesson plans and enabled me to view literacy in a much broader sense.  It seems to be a relatively new journal, but expanding more and more every year probably because of the giant leaps we are making as new technology is developed.  I would recommend this journal to anyone who is interested in how technology and literacy relate and can be used to enhance learning and to anyone who is fascinated with researching different methods of integrating them.

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