iPad Literacy

Paper Weight iPad

A colleague of mine emailed me a link to this article and I thought it was very interesting in the approach the author took when developing knowledge about the iPad.  The author clearly articulates the frustration many have with the iPad as not being a computer, making it difficult for many people to find a meaningful use for the device.  She reference iPad Fluency and Literacy in her discussion, which makes a lot of sense given the high paced, multi-literacy world we live.  Traditionally, literacy was pretty straightforward and only meant one thing.  Now, literacy is very dynamic with multiple meanings depending on the context it is used.

Here is a link to the article.  It’s a great read with ten useful apps that may assist you as you develop your iPad Literacy.  Enjoy!

I wanted to share with you an article about becoming fluent on the iPad.  It seems as we as a society become more advanced in a variety of ways, new literacies are created that require us to re-think how we interact within the world we live.  The iPad, to an extent, has done this as well.  Many people, including myself at one point, found the concept of the iPad difficult to comprehend.  It’s not a laptop and not a phone, so what does it do?  This article does a great job of explaining how an iPad can function as a meaningful TOOL rather than as simply a toy or paper weight.  This article also has a list of apps that may help you develop an iPad literacy.  If you see an app you like, download it.  If the app costs money, let us know and we will pay for it out of TQP.

The power of miscommunication…

I am relatively new at blogging for an audience other than the immediate staff I work with at my school. Now that I only work with a small number of people I decided to put myself “out there” by advertising new posts on my blog by updating twitter page.  This has led to many more readers making the journey to my blog to see what I am contributing.  What I soon experienced made me very aware of the dangers of communicating in text…miscommunication.

What happened to me is a common thing that likely has happened to everyone.  I miss read what someone else wrote in a comment.  This led to me feeling a bit frantic, and eventually a little embarrassed, because I thought I had done something wrong, violated some sacred blogging code that I hadn’t realized.  In reality, someone was simply asking me what I thought.  After communicating back and forth a few times I realized I hadn’t really stolen someone else’s idea and I actually had an engaging conversation with someone in another country (very cool by the way).

The point of my ramblings is that it is all to easy to misunderstand someone when communicating via text.  There is little room for expression or tone, which can make deciphering meaning all the more difficult.  As we move to a more globally connected world, where we interact with people in other time zones and in more asynchronous ways, it is important that we prepare our students to be more literate so they don’t fall into the situation I did.  Here are some things to keep in mind when writing online:

  • Try to explain what you mean as clearly as you can, in as simple a way possible.  Don’t write an essay for a two sentence response.
  • If someone misquotes or misunderstands you, let them know.  They likely didn’t understand what you meant and might just take an example to clear up the situation.
  • If you don’t know what someone means, ask them to clarify.  Maybe you overlooked something and the author can help you clarify.
  • Use examples to explain your point.  This can easily be done by linking to other sources on the Internet.
  • Don’t freak out when someone challenges your ideas.  Conflicting ideas is how we learn, so embrace different opinions and be passionate about what you’re discussing.