How iPad and Kindle impact literacy

Topics: Literacy, Technology, Education Pages: 8 (2708 words) Published: November 17, 2013
How iPad and Kindle impact literacy

Introduction
In the world of today, technology is a crucial progression to advance the learner’s ability to learn more efficiently, with the learner being anyone, be it child or adult, male or female. The importance of literacy education is growing larger every day, with the changing types of technology being created or introduced into our daily lives. Why not incorporate some of these technological advances to assist us with our learning, comprehending and understanding of literacy? In this report I will discuss why new forms of technology such as the Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle are important in the school and work place environments. I will also discuss the importance of utilizing technology in literacy education. This report will also outline what literacy is, the impact that technology has on literacy education in schools and in special needs classrooms whilst bringing to light some of the changes in the multiliteracies and multimodalities that the students of today are being exposed to.

What is an Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle and what are they used for?

The Apple iPad and the Amazon Kindle are new hand held and portable technologies able to access a wide range of traditional and new forms of text. They have the ability to take a multimodal society of information and condense it into one single linear mode. For example, all of the world’s different newspapers and magazines are available simultaneously on the device. The Amazon Kindle was specifically designed to be a high tech replacement for the book. It allows users to carry thousands of texts around with them on one small, light, compact device. It has a wireless connection to the Amazon.com online bookstore making any text available to download to the user’s portable device (the Kindle) for a heavily reduced cost, compared to the hardback book in the local bookstore. It has features such as a large screen, zoom in technology, expandable memory (to increase the number of texts it can hold) and a long lasting battery. The Kindle would be a useful device in the schoolyard, but it wouldn't be as effective in the workplace due to it really only being good for reading texts. The Apple iPad is a touch screen device that was initially designed to be a lightweight and high tech replacement for the laptop computer. With people designing and creating new programs called applications (apps) daily, it has become more than just a computer; it has become a revolution in the technological age. Although both devices have the ability to access a large variety of different texts via wireless connections to the internet, the iPad has a bigger range of positive implications and benefits to the literacy education of both students and adults alike. It features a bigger screen than the Kindle, with unlimited possibilities of uses in literacy education due to the App store applications. The workplace would use this device to do almost all work related tasks on, as it has 3 different wireless connections to surf the internet with. For example, an application on the App store can track a package that has been posted via FedEx. This can be highly useful in a sales workplace when the customer is waiting for a delivery, the salesperson can tell the customer where the package currently is via GPS (Global Positioning System) and tell them when to expect delivery. This example promotes the literacies of map reading, using the device concisely and unrelated to this paper, good customer service. The application provided is just one of the two hundred thousand current applications, with more being created daily.

What is literacy?

Winch (et al 2006) states that Literacy is the ability to make and share meanings be constructing and interpreting texts. Texts may be oral or written, contain graphic elements such as images, maps or tables, and be paper based or electronic. Many texts in modern society combine two or more of these elements...

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