Literacy in Tucson

I’ll be doing three half-day workshops and a keynote at a literacy conference in Tucson today and tomorrow.  New literacy is an old shtick for me, though I haven’t done the workshops in quite a while.  In fact, this is the first time since the Web 2.0 thing has become so ingrained in my thinking.  I’m going to let the workshops flow, and I suspect that blogging, podcasting, aggregators, and even flickr will likely work their way in.

The bottom line, I think, is that literacy encompasses the skills necessary to answer questions, solve problems, and accomplish goals with information.  Literacy changes as information changes, and that has certainly happened in the last 15 years, and again in the last 2 years.

Information, when I was taught, was a commodity.  It was something that you purchased, or borrowed, used, and shared.  Words were for reading, pictures were for looking at, audio was for listening to, and video was for watching.

Today, because of personal computers and the Internet, information has become a raw material.  It is not merely for consuming, but information becomes building materials with which we can invent new answers, solutions, and accomplish, hitherto, unimaginable goals.  Just what we needed for a rapidly changing world.

New skills!

Please forgive the use of the word, hitherto.  I’m old.  Cut me some slack!

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