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The illiterate in a multiliterate world (Episode 1)

January 12, 2010

It’s just struck me that i might be suffering from the illiteracy-in-a-multiliterate-world syndrome. Officially i’m a digital immigrant. I first went online in 1999. I’ve lived as a lurker most of my online life. It takes me a while to figure out the technicalities of a given platform. It takes me longer to reach out to community members. Let’s not forget i’m a nonnative speaker of the official language of online communities. I make embarrassing communication mistakes for lack of awareness of the pragmatics of social dialogue. And to top it all, i’m confused by all the emiticons & telegraphic language. Even when i venture to try them, i use them wrongly, not to mention embarrassing typos that strike me in the face after i’ve clicked the ‘send’ button. It’s such a merciless alienating world.


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  1. Maria Bossa permalink

    Dear Hanaa ,<br>Wow… seems that your words are true to many, including myself!!! My students keep telling me "How come that you don’t know this or the other"!!! But after having finished watching the lecture "A Portal to Media Literacy", I think we still have the control since our students can know a lot about networks, devices and so on but they still don’t know how to use it for "real education".<br>So let’s pray that we (teachers) can put all we are learning here into practise so as "TO MOVE OUR STUDENTS FROM KNOWLEDGEABLE TO KNOWLEDGE-ABLE" (Michael Wesch)<br>Best regards, Maria, Argentina 🙂

  2. Jennifer Verschoor permalink

    Dear Hanaa,<br><br>I feel so identified with your words!! We are here to learn and I am a true believer that we learn more from our mistakes. As non-native speakers we have to face more challenges. What is really imporant is that we can become better teachers because we are able to network with teachers from around the world. We need each other to help our students to be ready for the challenges of the 21st century.<br>The best way to learn is by sharing and this exactly what you are doing. A big BRAVO and keep inspiring!!

  3. Maria Bossa permalink

    Jees, Kaija… learning a new language is a great exercise for the mind, as suggested by NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming). I speak Spanish (my native), English for 30 years now, and a bit of French, plus some words and expressions in Arabbic, Portuguese and Urdu. So… it’s a great challenge!!! 🙂

  4. Kaija Tuomainen permalink

    I feel exactly the same, it’s always a challenge to communicate in a foreign language, and I guess all teachers should start a new language every now and then just to to experience how hopeless it feels in the beginning, and everyone has to start from scratch. Students often say that they are reluctant to participate in class because the others have so much better language skills, so we are all in the same boat.<br>And this applies to elearning, digital media etc, we will never learn out.<br>The Wesch video is a good watch every time 🙂

  5. Hanaa Khamis permalink

    @Maria @Jennifer: Isn’t it right… It’s a common feeling among many people probing these territories.<br><br>@Maria. Thank you for referring to Wesch’s lecture "<a rel="nofollow" href="; target="_blank">A Portal to Media Literacy</a>" I watched a few months ago… Watching it today has made so many things fall into place. It’s an excellent opportunity for learning through introspection…

  6. Vance Stevens permalink

    Hi Hanaa, and others commenting, I think you’ll find the world of Webheads and EVO partipants, and Worldbridges, to name just three such communities, to be anything but merciless. I would just like to say welcome, ahlan wa sahlan, and we’re glad to have you with us. We all learn from one another, and the more of us there are, the more we learn! Knowledge-able is what we are striving for, and what connectivism is all about, and what we practice here.

  7. Elizabeth Anne permalink

    ahlan wa sahlan<br>You just seem to put into word the feelings of most it seems ! I don’t think that’s what is called illiterate 🙂

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