Tutorial One – New Literacies

“New Literacies”

Before we are able to define ‘new literacies’, we must first establish the definition of literacy. Put simply, literacy is “the ability to read and write”, and is “about all communication types across time and  culture” (Houtman, 2013).

So what are new literacies and what makes them new? New literacies today, is a generalisation of new forms of literacy made accessible by digital technology.  Now what makes them new? While literacy is still about “all communication types across time and culture” (Houtman, 2013), digital technology creates multiple platforms to communicate and access literacy in different forms, such as through new online social platforms and new abilities of mobile devices.

However we must first acknowledge that what may be new today, may not be new tomorrow, thanks to the ever progressive development of technology.


Houtman, E. (2013). New literacies, learning, and libraries: How can frameworks from other fields help us think about the issues? In the Library with the Lead Pipe.  Retrieved fromhttp://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2013/new-literacies-learning-and-libraries-how-can-frameworks-from-other-fields-help-us-think-about-the-issues/ Accessed March 17th, 2014

The media show brings to attention that large companies such as BP (British Petroleum) tend to deceptively use marketing strategies to promote the perception that they are environmentally friendly and environmentally conscious, this phenomenon is known as ‘greenwashing’.

The emphasis of this short clip is placed on the importance of educating children on what they see in the media and on the internet.  Media content, and information accessible on the internet, are not always reliable sources for information, and as future educators, we must ensure that our students are wary of this.


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