MTS starts lessons of internet-literacy for Belarusian school students

Mikhail Doroshevich reported on a Belarus education project in October which encourages children to learn about the internet. The childrencan learn from a national singer and tv star about behaviour on the internet and keeping themselves safe. The overall aim is to improve internet literacy:

“Research shows that children start using the Internet at the age of 9-10, with every second kid using Internet every day. Unfortunately, most children use Internet without any control from the adults. MTS has launched a large project and will carry out similar lessons aimed at grade schoolers in many Belarusian schools. This will improve Internet-literacy of the young generation” – MTS’ leading public communications specialist Tatiana Kyrbat said.

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Why Be Literate?

Korea Maria has posted a copy of her paper in L500 Issues in Literacy, Culture and Language, Spring 2012, April 24, 2012

She reviews why literacy is important and suggests that traditional literacies are not less important with the wider usage of digital media, but they are also required for navigating digital media literacy.

Are we to acquire digital literacy like a first language? Or do we need to identify the various knowledge that a learner has before coming to school to become traditionally literate, a funds of knowledge approach, and extend this explicit incorporation of home language, literacies, and culture into both literacy development in schools as well as digital media literacy. Or is it time to relinquish our dependence on schools as arbiters of literacy altogether?

She reflects on Korean cultures and those of immigrants in Korea with the influence from Western nations and how that has affected people and changed their perspectives and identity. She questions whether the change brought about through digital media is leaving people who may never have developed literacies traditionally either,  even further behind and suggest that other literacies including critical thinking, questioning of ethics are needed in order to weather the change.

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