In this era of selfies and emojis, it’s no surprise that, in a recent article, veteran elementary/middle school teacher Chrissy Romano-Arrabito says that picting–using images in place of text to convey thoughts and ideas–“is becoming the norm among today’s digital-first students.” And that, she posits, might just be a new literacy
With no mention of the ongoing decline in reading and writing skills, she continues with such facts as:
- Snapshot allows its more than 173 million daily users capture video and pictures that vanish in a few seconds.
- Social networking Instagram enjoys more than 400 million daily users all with the ability to share both photos and videos.
- YouTube boasts over 5 billion videos.
- 75% of tweens & teens engage in social media like those above, Facebook and Twitter, too
Meanwhile, though 90% of classroom time remains text-based, 90% of non-school time is spent with image-based materials via such sites as those above.
The result: The National Center for Education Statistics finds that SAT mean scores in writing dropped from (more…)