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New Literacies

The term literacy has always been around. Times have changed and so has the meaning. The words and phrases we once knew, now depict a new meaning. With the world changing and new technologies emerging, ‘new literacies’ has come along.

Traditionally, literacy is a cognitive process of an individual to read and write. New literacy is built on from this original term, now incorporating the ability to “find, understand, evaluate, create and communicate digital information” (Houtman, 2013) to match up to the new communication technologies.

The way we now learn and define literacy has changed, yet it is crucial that literacy is still, at its core, a form of communication. It is still a medium where we can explore ideas, be inspired by ideas and present ideas. Just that is is no longer in the traditional written format, but represented in many other means like videos, blogs, digital posters and so on.


Houtman, E. (2013). New literacies, learning, and libraries: How can frameworks from other fields help us think about the issues? In the Library with the Lead Pipe.  Retrieved from


One comment on “New Literacies

  1. joncallow
    March 26, 2014

    Thanks Noolee. How long do you think new literacies remain new? WIll blogging always be a new literacy, according to Lankshear and Knobel? Will new become old? Cheers, Jon

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