What Does It Mean to be Literate in the 21st Century?


I. Read Footprints in the Digital Age by Will Richardson, from the November 2008 issue of Educational Leadership, and Teaching Screenagers from the February 2011 issue.

Essential Questions
  • What literacies must educators master before we can help students make the most of these powerful potentials?
  • What’s one thing you are going to do in the next six weeks to help you begin to master these literacies?
  • How does "authentic" assessment change when the student's audience is the world?


II. Read through the following:

Essential Questions
  • What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century?
  • Are we as educators currently literate? If not, what implications does that have for our students, and what proposals can we put in place to get all educators to a basic level of 21st century literacy in a reasonable amount of time?



After we read and discuss, here is a spot for our shared reflections.



@garystager on Twitter suggested that folks interested in literacy/fluency also look at some of Seymour Papert's work, including:
http://www.papert.org/articles/ObsoleteSkillSet.html,
http://www.mff.org/edtech/article.taf?_function=detail&Content_uid1=106,
http://papert.org/articles/ComputersInClassroom.html and
http://www.papert.org/articles/school_reform.html
http://papert.org/articles/SituatingConstructionism.html

Note: I have not read through these myself (yet), but Gary's a smart guy so they're probably worth your while.