The Myths of Digital Literacy

Today, we tune in to The Agenda with Steve Paikin once again.  This time, we are discussing The Myths of Digital Literacy.  As a program of TVO (Television Ontario), The Agenda is a weekly video and audio podcast featuring round-table discussions on issues of public concern.

Obviously this is an issue that goes well beyond Ontario, and I must say that I was quite impressed by the perspectives that were shared.  As a an educator, life-long learner and avid reader, I am quite concerned about the impact technology is having on our collective literacy level.

So while, this topic does not concern spirituality directly, the ability of people to focus on prayer and the tools of the spiritual life are directly correlated to one’s ability to concentrate and retain information (ie. skills we learn, in part, by reading)

As guests on his show, Steve Paikin has invited Andrea Lunsford (Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University); Alice Robison (Assistant Professor in the rhetoric, composition, and linguistics program in the English department at Arizona State University); Nicole Pinkard (Director of Innovation for the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute); and Mark Federman (Researcher at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto).

In addition to the audio download link below, some may choose to watch the video of the debate linked here.


Credits:  Paikin, Steve.  “The Myths of Digital Literacy”.  The Agenda, TVO.  Interview.  July 4, 2010


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