Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in the 21st Century Classrooms

| November 15, 2010

Title: Literacy 2.0: Reading and Writing in 21st Century Classrooms

Authors: Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Alex Gonzalez

Publisher: Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, © 2010

Check it out: LC149.5 .F745 2010

From the publisher: Literacy 2.0 is where traditional literacy and technological literacy meet. Students in the 21st century still need to develop the reading and writing skills that were the aim of literacy 1.0 instruction, but they must go beyond those skills and learn how to use technology for communicating and collaborating in new ways.

Benefit from the authors’ extensive experience in secondary literacy 2.0 classrooms. Discover precisely what students need to be taught to become proficient in the literacies associated with information and communication technologies. The book begins with a general instructional model and then delivers the specific teaching skills related to acquiring, producing, and sharing information. These skills include using search engines efficiently, evaluating information found on websites, avoiding plagiarism, communicating with a wide audience, working collaboratively, and creating multimedia products. In a highly accessible style, the authors detail how to use the many tools and technologies they discuss and give numerous practical suggestions for classroom applications.

About the authors: Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Literacy in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. Before joining the university faculty, Nancy was a public school teacher in Florida where she taught students at the elementary and middle school level. She worked at the state level for the Florida Inclusion Network helping districts design systems for supporting students with disabilities in the general education classroom (from the National Council of Teachers of English).

Douglas Fisher is a professor of language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University (SDSU) and a classroom teacher at Health Sciences High and Middle College. He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award and the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education.He has taught a variety of courses in SDSU’s teacher-credentialing program as well as graduate-level courses on English language development and literacy. An early intervention specialist and language development specialist, he has taught high school English, writing, and literacy development to public school students (from ASCD).

Alex Gonzalez is the technology coordinator at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego. In his approach to the use of technology in the classroom, Alex emphasizes forward thinking, convenience, security, and application (from Solution Tree).

On the Web: Fisher&Frey: Literacy for Life