Literacy Voices Roundup – November 7

Grading with Games: An Interview with James Paul Gee

This link from features an interview with Dr. James Paul Gee about video games in the learning process. Dr. Gee is the Mary Lou Fulton Presidental Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University.

Want to see him in person? At our 2009 NCFL Conference, Dr. Gee will present “Using Technology for Families – Across the Divide.”

Play the News

Jumping off from Dr. Gee’s interview about video games, visit the Play the News website. The FAQ page on the site describes it as “an engaging, community driven experience — imagine fantasy sports meets the evening news. Play the News is a web-based platform that brings interactive gaming elements to the online ‘news media’ industry changing the paradigm of news consumption from passive reading to active engagement.” Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for this site.

Breaking boundaries on adult learning

Check out this story from South Africa from about how literacy is changing the lives of men and women in their 70s.

Schools helping to teach civic duty

From, reading, writing and arithmetic are only part of the curriculum in these schools in Texas.