The Term “New Literacy” Encompasses Such An Extensive Range

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The term “new literacy” encompasses such an extensive range of topics that it has been difficult to clearly define and articulate. There are several important aspects to new literacy. At its most basic level, new literacy is the ability to read, comprehend, and write within the digital sphere (Kingsley & Tancock, 2014). It is similar to traditional literacy in some ways; however, new literacies typically require a more complicated and intricate skill set than traditional literacy (Coiro, 2011). Also fundamental to new literacy is the fact that it is always evolving. Because of the very nature of technology and culture, literacy must change (Bulfin & Koutsogiannis, 2012). New skills are continually needed in order for individuals to engage…show more content…
It requires a different skill set – discernment of underlying motives, using a search engine, and decoding relevant information from irrelevant information (Coiro, 2011). Because the internet is used as a source to learn from, online reading comprehension requires not only reading the information that can be found online, but also finding relevant and reliable sources, processing several sources, and creating new information from the multiple sources that were used (Leu et al., 2015). Also, online reading comprehension differs greatly from offline reading in that it occurs in many settings. These settings can be social in nature and can include many various forms of media – hyperlinks, videos, interactive chats, etc…(Leu et al., 2015). For this particular study, online reading comprehension will be defined as the ability to read and research online with the intent to communicate that information in some digital medium. To understand new literacy is to understand the evolution of technology and culture. Obviously, as technology has changed – especially with the explosion of access to the Internet – literacy has had to change as well. Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, and Cammack (2004) noted, “As the medium of the message changes, comprehension processes, decoding processes, and what ‘counts’ as literacy activities must change to reflect readers’ and authors’ present-day strategies for comprehension and response” (p. 1572). The single biggest factor that has contributed to the
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