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21st Century Literacies: The Challenge and The Opportunity


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Title: 21st Century Literacies: The Challenge and The Opportunity

21st Century Literacies The Challenge and The
  • As little as we know about the future for which
    we are preparing our students, it is clear that
    it will be a place that is governed by
    information. Accessing, processing, building
    with, and communicating that information is how
    we will all make our livings.
  • Being literate in this future will certainly
    involve the ability to read, write, and do basic
    math. However, the concept of literacy in the
    21st century will be far richer and more
    comprehensive than the 3 Rs of the one room
    school house, a legacy that still strongly
    influences today's education environment.
  • -David Warlick

The World is Changing
The World is Changing
At a rate that is unprecedented!
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that
todays learner will have 10-14 jobs
  • by age 38!

According to former Secretary of Education
Richard Riley . . .
  • The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 will be jobs
    that didnt exist in 2004.

We are
  • currently preparing students for jobs that dont
    yet exist . . .
  • that will require technologies not yet invented .
    . .
  • in order to solve problems we dont even know are
    problems yet.

  • What will our students need to operate
    effectively in 2036?

Literacy is changing
  • The ways we access information have changed.
  • Huge volumes of information are at our fingertips
  • We need to be able to find appropriate
  • We need to judge its credibility.

Literacy is Changing
See a movie!
Web 2.0
Welcome the age of Web 2.0 The read-write web!
  • It is now as easy to publish information to the
    Web as it is to send an email
  • We are in the era of
  • Blogs
  • Social bookmarking
  • Social networking
  • Media communities
  • Wikis
  • Podcasts

Most middle school students know what these are.
Do we?
How does this affect teaching and learning?
  • Students will need to use these tools, in fact
    many already are.
  • The tools offer unprecedented opportunities for
    communication, authentic audiences, and
  • We need to model without models the digital
    natives are digital orphans.

Teaching New Literacies is Essential
  • Essential for the world of work
  • Essential for the development of an informed,
    reflective and active citizenry in a democracy
  • Essential in extending the joy of learning into a
    lifelong experience

While much is changing, much of what constitutes
great teaching remains the same.
  • We need to engage students.
  • We need to teach them to comprehend and think
  • We need to help them to be effective
  • We need to teach and support them to be ethical.

Blooms Taxonomy Higher Level Thinking
Evaluation Make recommendations, assess value
and make choices, critique ideas Synthesis
Discuss what if situations, create new ideas,
predict and draw conclusions Analysis Recognize
patterns and meaning, see parts and
whole ApplicationUse information in new
situation, solve problems ComprehensionFinding
meaning,compare, restate,summarize Knowledge
dates,events, places,vocabulary, key ideas
But while great teaching remains the same
  • The tools have changed.
  • Issues of equity have changed with the tools.
  • New opportunities carry new risks of inequity.

The Internet and School
  • Many schools and teachers have not yet
    recognizedmuch less responded tothe new ways
    students communicate and access information over
    the Internet. Students report that there is a
    substantial disconnect between how they use the
    Internet for school and how they use the Internet
    during the school day and under teacher
    direction. For the most part, students
    educational use of the Internet occurs outside of
    the school day, outside of the school building,
    outside the direction of their teachers.

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