Chapter 4From Literacy to Literacies

In the 1990s, as the use of the Internet exploded, language arts teachers in the United States sat up and took notice. Anyone anywhere with a computer connected to the Internet could tap into stores of knowledge by simply typing a few lines, such as http://www.yahoo.com. Sentences could be “reprinted” and changed on the fly. Words could represent much more than themselves as they became hyperlinks, portals to new pages with images, databases, and yet more hyperlinked words. People now had access to a clickable and continually evolving stream of text, pictures, audio, and video. What was this new medium going to mean for reading?

The New Literacies

Two large organizations of educators decided they had better ...

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