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June 14, 2010


Welcome to Week 3 of Critical Literacies 2010. This week's topic is 'pragmatics'.

Wikipedia - "Pragmatics is a subfield of linguistics which studies the ways in which context contributes to meaning."
http://en.wikipedia.Make a Donationorg/wiki/Pragmatics

What is Pragmatics - http://www.sil.org/linguistics/GlossaryOfLinguisticTerms/WhatIsPragmatics.htm
Pragmatics is the study of the aspects of meaning and language use that are dependent on the speaker, the addressee and other features of the context of utterance

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Pragmatics deals with utterances, by which we will mean specific events, the intentional acts of speakers at times and places, typically involving language.

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Here's what course members from around the world had to say. Want to join the conversation? Submit your feed. Then put this at the beginning of your post: CritLit2010

Critical Literacy – The Struggle Moves to a Different Arena – My Arena #CritLit2010

A snapshot of discussion around the term ‘Critical literacies’

The topic of what is actually meant by Critical Literacy has been raised in a number of places. Heli Nurmi an educationalist with many years experience has some great blog posts around the topic of critical literacy in this course and asks the questions “are we going to learn anything new, will we learn about new knowledge building, new media literacies (yes, but what?) or is it only technology which develops?” Heli’s three initial blog post give plenty of food for thought:

To guide others on the course Ulop O’Taat highlights the following text with this signposting - So Ken, if you and others are struggling with what is meant by critical literacies in this course, re-read the opening moodle page.

Critical, as the course is not just about finding out how to use the latest technologies for learning, but to look critically at the Web and its underlying structures. Literacies, as it is more about capabilities to be developed than about the acquisition of a set of skills”.

Ken Anderson in his post on Critical Literacy had previously highlighted his struggle to understand what is meant by Critical Literacies in the context of this course. He identifies two themes from the course information:

  • CL: literacies critical to functioning in a PLE. This definition suggests tool familiarity
  • CL: abilities related to critical thinking, reading, writing i.e. logic skills, syntax etc. as noted in the course outline

And makes an additional observation about the course

  • What I have really found interesting is Kop’s statement that the heart of the ‘course’ is about who controls access to information. Is this what this ‘course’ is primarily concerned with? Those that control the means of distribution (of information)… Will this be a course in Marxism?

My own sense-making of the term ‘Critical Literacies’ and my subsequent learning strategy

I more or less identified the same two strands as Ken, which i referred to in an earlier blog post. In trying to establish what is meant by critical literacies in the context of this course I focused on what I considered to be the two most relevant meanings of ‘critical’ that come to mind. These being:

  1. Critical as imperative. i.e. imperative literacies to have
  2. Critical as in being analysed and evaluated i.e. Literacies that analyse and evaluate

Additionally mindful of the stated aims/purposes of the course I also was aware that i need to consider the following element of criticality.

3. Critical as in looking at (analysing and evaluating) the Web and its underlying structures: i.e. sing traditional Critical thinking skills to analyse and evaluate the web and its underlying structures.

It seems to me that there is already a well established set of generally agreed critical thinking skills – therefore in relation to point 2 above I think the question to be pursued is “What technologies will best facilitate traditional critical thinking skills?”.

With regard to point 1, 'critical' as imperative seems to me to be the most important thing to focus on for the self directed learner in a networked personal learning environment and so far on this course the following critical literacies have been offered from the floor or have been found by me in text or video content that i have perused: My intention is to continue to trawl through the CritLit2010 opinions and offerings to add and then to refine the list:

  1. Management of Time, Workload and Prioritising –Jenny Mackness
  2. Relationship Building and Development – John Mak
  3. Wayfinding behaviors and Strategies in Large Virtual Environments - Jenny Mackness
  4. Literacy of Memory –Steve Mackenzie
  5. I observe data visualisation as an emergent critical literacy - Ruth Howard comment
  6. Information management mentioned as a critical literacy Network Student Youtube Video
  7. Emotional and Social Intelligence – John Mak
  8. Self reflection, self-directed learning (with learning agenda, experimentation & practice), and relationship building (same as 2) John Mak

So i plan to continue looking at themes of the week, but ultimately at the end of this course i hoped to have a clear idea of the emerging critical literacies (as in imperative) that a networked learner should develop. Maybe i should put this list in a wiki for all to add to – need to get this blog post finished and then have a rest first J

With regard to point 3 and issues of power and control, i shall leave that until another time.

June 13, 2010

Lo intermedio, en posibilidades de perfeccionarse
Finalmente regresé al MOvie Maker y ya con la intención de integrar todos los videos en una sola presentación, utilize el Prezi

"El espejo de la élite social en México 1920-1940"

La integración en Prezi de los videos sólo los pude hacer desde YouTube


Celebraciones Públicas
Actividades de Ocio
De la cuna a la tumba

El producto requiere de mucho refinamiento en sonido, imagen, video , audio, el texto que acompaña las imágenes, las referencias a cada una de ellas.

Además ahora lo que deberé hacer es el análisis historiográfico.

La integración pide que explores muchas áreas de conocimiento

June 12, 2010

Does the Internet Make You Smarter?
I was led to this by a CritLit2010 Tweet from Ruth Howard. In it Clay Shirky responds to Nick Carr and others who worry that “the internet is making us dumber”. But I think to some extent Shirky misidentifies the concerns of the “dumber” camp (and certainly says nothing about making us smarter) although he does  [...] June 11, 2010

Discussion Forum

Still working on this - watch for more here

These links are comments posted to the Moodle Discussion Forum, , and . If you want to participate in the discussion, but don't want to set up a blog, then you can post here.


Post in Twitter and use the hashtag #CritLit2010 to be listed here. (These should be fresh. Still working on improving the Twitter display.)

RT @lorca56: #CritLit2010 week 2 http://ff.im/-lSmYh

@carlheath I found "Open course edfutures" in "Blogs we like" - patalom.se - another interesting course #CritLit2010 http://bit.ly/dzvisc

Still struggling with cough #CritLIt2010 http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/critlit2010-literacy-of-trust-and-filtering/

Interested in knowing #CritLit2010 http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/critlit2010-research-in-personal-learning-environments/

#CritLit2010 Trust and respect http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/critlit2010-trust-respect-and-empowerment/

RT @stevemac121 Competitive debating as a learning tool - by Frances Stanford #CritLit2010 http://amplify.com/u/6tu4

Learnadoodledastic: Critical Literacy – The Struggle Moves to a Different Arena – My Arena #CritLit2010 http://amplify.com/u/6vxb

Updated with postscript #CritLIt2010 http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/critlit2010-research-in-personal-learning-environments/

RT @stevemac121: Learnadoodledastic: Critical Literacy – The Struggle Moves to a Different Arena – My Arena #CritLit2010 http://amplify.com/u/6vxb

RT: elearning: Critical Literacy – The Struggle Moves to a Different Arena – My Arena #CritLit2010: A s... http://bit.ly/aKkGZW #e-learning

eLLearning: Critical Literacy – The Struggle Moves to a Different Arena – My Arena #CritLit2010: A snapshot of dis... http://bit.ly/cddQdJ

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Writing w sickness#CritLit2010 http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/12/critlit2010-reflective-thinking-a-personal-perspective-part-2/

Sorry to post #CritLit2010 http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/12/critlit2010-reflective-thinking-a-personal-perspective-part-2/

#OD THEORY: #CritLit2010 Reflective Thinking – A Personal Perspective Part 2 ...: Here I would try to re... http://bit.ly/cIF7bB #odnetwork

#CritLit2010 http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/12/critlit2010-reflective-thinking-a-personal-perspective-part-2/#comment-1155

#CritLit2010 week 2 http://ff.im/-lSmYh

Does the Internet Make You Smarter?: I was led to this by a CritLit2010 Tweet from Ruth Howard. In it Clay Shirky ... http://bit.ly/cLu3Fp

#CritLit2010 Internet es también un mecanismo jamás visto para la cooperación y la cohesión http://bit.ly/c8PF6O

#CritLit2010 Reflective Thinking – A Personal Perspective Part 1 - THE EMPOWERED LEARNER - http://ow.ly/1XaEI

#CritLit2010 reflections. Change. Part I & II http://arenastudies.wordpress.com/

#CritLit2010 Crit Lit talked about "change" this week. I read lots of blog posts, etc about how higher ed should change. Is it changing??

Critical Thinking means people doing readings about reality, seeing things they haven't seen before... #CritLit2010

@msalavuo Thx This is perfect or almost so linked to my english blog and share #CritLit2010

Sick today sign - #CritLit2010 http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/critlit2010-reflective-thinking-a-personal-perspective-part-1/

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