Group Facilitation Notes: Textual Media, Discourses, & Literacies

Textual Media, Discourses, and Literacies Notes


Technology in Education:

-We have access to an unlimited amount of resources

-In the classroom, computers, the Internet, and technology have expanded the knowledge of students and contributed to many new opportunities

-Less memorization (calculators, computers)

-Is technology hurting literacy?

-Is teaching the old fashioned way even useful anymore?

-Technology has it’s pro’s and con’s

-Socrates did not support writing, Pluto wrote his stories down and now they are able to be referenced, unlike many of Socrates philosophies

-Technology has definitely influenced communication-people can “hide” behind technology and say things over the computer or their phone that they may not say in person

-Electronic vs. Non-electronic

-Technology affects how one came become more literate in a certain subject

-Being technologically literate can be defined in many different ways


Technology By Age:

Primitive: (Cave Man)

  • Clubs/weapons
  • Fire
  • Cave art


1600’s: (Colonization)

  • First refracting telescope
  • Submarine
  • Method for blood transfusions


1700’s: (Revolution)

  • Cotton gin
  • Steam engine
  • Odometer


1800’s: (Civil War)

  • Transportation, covered wagons, horses, buggies, boat if near water, ride on train
  • Candles and oil lamps
  • Used an open fire to cook or an open fireplace, cooked food in a large cast iron pots
  • Industrial Revolution


1900’s: (Globalization)

  • Radio
  • Internet
  • Cell phones


2000’s: (Modern)

  • Social Media
  • Computer Technology
  • Renewable energy

Facilitation Reading


Free Write: Group Facilitation Nov. 4th

Are electronic technology societies better off than societies that don’t have access to electronic technology?

I think so, however, I think that certain people use certain technology that works for them in certain situations. In our country, we are quite advanced and have access to unlimited resources right at our fingertips due to cell phones, TVs, and computers. Other countries, like Africa, that aren’t as advanced, have their own forms of technology that works for them but it’s not necessarily “electronic.” Most of their labor is manual whereas many of the major companies in our country use robots and other electronics to get jobs done faster. I think it’s safe to say that their society isn’t as advanced, but I wouldn’t say it is worse off because it’s what works for them and has been working for many years now.

Class Notes: 10/21

How to Use: Technology

Able to understand

-how to use

-how it works

Basic Understanding


Store Information



Further Education

Develop newer forms of technology

Discourses & Literacies —-> Contextual (surrounding the text, the reason we are able to answer why things are the way they are.)

-Technology is contextual.

-Literacy is not stagnant.

What does it mean to be technologically literate?

Technological literacy is knowledge about what technology is, how it works, what purposes it can serve, and how it can be used efficiently and effectively to achieve specific goals.

Gee’s: Acquisition vs. Learning

-The person who had acquired something has to have both aspects in order to fully understand why we do what we do.

Software vs. Hardware

The relationship between reader and writer.

Learning how to learn?

According to Haliday, what does a blog mean?