The new literacies

"The new literacies encompass much more. Their utility lies in online reading comprehension and learning skills, or 21st century skills, required by the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs), including content found on wikis, blogs, video sites, audio sites and in e-mail. They require the ability not just to "read" but also to navigate the World Wide Web, locate information, evaluate it critically, synthesize it and communicate it-all skills that are becoming vital to success in this century's economy and workforce."

"The New Literacies: Students are immersed in 21st century "new literacy" technologies, but are schools preparing them for the future?" By Zach Miners and Angela Pascopella, October 2007


Here's a definition from the National Council of Teachers of English (USA)

Toward A Definition of 21st-Century Literacies
Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee
February 15, 2008

Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies from reading online newspapers to participating in virtual classrooms are multiple, dynamic, and malleable. As in the past, they are inextricably linked with particular histories, life possibilities and social trajectories of individuals and groups. Twenty-first century readers and writers need to
  • Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
  • Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
  • Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

What should a literate teacher be able to do?

Here's the January 2008 blog entry from David Warlick's blog 2c worth, who wrote these notes live from Stephen Heppell's keynote address at the 105th annual OLA Super Conference on January 30th.

What is literacy in the 21st Century?

For some ideas, have a look at this Podcast, Pay Attention.

Want to see a 21st century learning hub in action? Check out this 7 minute video from Kim Cofino: "A seven-minute introduction to the 21st Century Literacy program at the International School Bangkok in Thailand."

Here's a link to David Warlick's presentation Redefining Literacy.

And check out this blog entry and this one from Create Readers.

Here's an interesting blog post:

15 Ways to Use Blogs and Wikis

Just for fun

Learn to spell in the 21st century, and give free rice to hungry people. What level can you get up to???