What is 21st Century Literacy?


Start with this fantastic slideshow introducing 21st Century Literacy:


21st Century Literacy can also be called Multimedia Literacy. Wikipedia defines multimedia literacy as "a new aspect of literacy that is being recognised as technology expands the way people communicate. The concept of Literacy emerged as a measure of the ability to read and write. In modern context, the word means reading and writing at a level adequate for written communication. A more fundamental meaning is now needed to cope with the numerous media in use, perhaps meaning a level that enables one to successfully function at certain levels of a society. Multimedia is the use of several different forms of media to convey information. Several are already a part of the canon of global communication and publication: (text, audio, graphics, animation, video, and interactivity). Others, such as virtual reality, computer programming and robotics are possible candidates for future inclusion. With widespread use of computers, the basic literacy of 'reading' and 'writing' are often done via a computer, providing a foundation stone for more advanced levels of multimedia literacy."

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An important aspect of 21st Century Literacy is technology integration. Wikipedia defines technology Integration as "a term used by educators to describe effective uses of technology by teachers and students in K-12 and university classrooms. Teachers use technology to support instruction in language arts, social studies, science, math, or other content areas. When teachers integrate technology into their classroom practice, learners are empowered to be actively engaged in their learning."

Educational Technology That Works from the Jordan School District in Utah
CITW is a collection of effective strategies culled from a meta-analysis of decades of research on what works in classrooms to improve student learning and increase student achievement. This meta-analysis was conducted by Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock. The purpose of this website is to provide a space to collect information about tools and strategies that combine the Nine Categories of Classroom Instruction That Works with Classroom/Web Technology Integration.

School Computing Wiki
Extensive resource on using technology in schools with a subject-based guide for how to integrate technology. Includes a rationale for technology integration.

More Than a Jukebox, blog post from Infinite Thinking
"One of my favorite topics is how simple innovations in digital formats for information give students new options. In this post, I'll look at how digital audio can help students who struggle with traditional print, and can give all students new ways to tell their stories."