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Monday, February 26, 2007

Tim McGee PAETC07

Towards Preparing Educators for Multiliteracy
Tim McGee, Philadelphia University

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Philadelphia Area Educational Technology Conference Feb 23, 2007

The teaching of print literacy, traditionally understood as the ability to read and write texts made primarily out of words, was the responsibility of all teachers at the elementary level and the specialty of English, Language Arts, and Composition teachers in middle school, high school, and college. With the advent of digital computers and the multiliteracy demands they create, some teachers at every level find themselves ill-prepared to teach even the decoding of multimedia and multimodal texts, much less their encoding or production. Taking into consideration state standards, teacher education programs, and current theories of multiliteracy and multimodal discourse, this presentation suggests short and long term action plans to help prepare the teachers of today and tomorrow to meet the multiliteracy needs of their students.

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