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Proposal: Integration of New Literacy


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Completed for partial fulfillment of requirements for EDTECH 541 at Boise State University. Target audience: Administration at my high school.

Completed for partial fulfillment of requirements for EDTECH 541 at Boise State University. Target audience: Administration at my high school.

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  • 1. Integration of “New Literacy” at Columbia
    A Course Proposal
    A Course Proposal
  • 2. Since we live in an age of innovation, a practical education must prepare a person for work that does not yet exist and cannot yet be clearly defined.
    - Peter Drucker
  • 3. It's a fact that more people watch television and get their information that way than read books.
    - Stephen Covey
  • 4. What is “New Literacy”?
    The way we find, evaluate, create, and share information is changing.
    Because of this, we must re-examine and redefine literacy.
    If our students can’t effectively use these new resources and tools, they cannot truly be considered literate in today’s world.
    And if our graduates are not literate, we as a school have failed them.
  • 5. Our students – as many as 90% of them last year – use social networking tools outside the classroom.
    Who is teaching them how to use these tools to their fullest potential?
    Who is teaching them how to be safe and smart in the ways that they use them?
    (Richardson, 2009, p. ix)
  • 6. The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do.
    - B. F. Skinner
  • 7. When we combine our content knowledge, our skills at the craft of teaching, and our technological abilities, they intersect at a powerful juncture: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, or TPACK.
    A teacher who utilizes TPACK in the classroom is able to bring the strengths of all three areas to bear in the education of the students.
    (Mishra & Koehler, 2009)
  • 8. The International Society for Technology in Education has developed National Educational Technology Standards that assert that students should meet certain standards in technological skill acquisition.
    (James, 2010)
  • 9. Similarly, schools and teachers have standards that should be met in order to provide students with tools for “new literacy.”
    These include the creation of a digital-age learning culture, and work and experiences that are relevant to the 21stcentury.
    “Systemic improvement” is key in an ever-evolving world.
    (James, 2010)
  • 10. It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the one most responsive to change.
    - Charles Darwin
  • 11. Introducing an elective language arts class to the school curriculum can help Columbia meet those standards.
    This Online Publications class will promote:
    creativity and innovation
    communication and collaboration
    research and information fluency
    critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making
    digital citizenship
    technology operations and concepts
  • 12. by teaching the theory and practice of…
  • 13. A computer terminal is not some clunky old television with a typewriter in front of it. It is an interface where the mind and body can connect with the universe and move bits of it about.
    - Douglas Adams
  • 14. “Given the challenges of our times, our students will need plenty of practice in using their 21st century skills to be better problem solvers and innovators, and the world could certainly use some passionate and creative problem solvers right now!”
    -Bernie Trilling & Charles Fadel,
    21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times
  • 15. Studies by the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) show that educational technology implementation increases:
    • student learning
    • 16. understanding
    • 17. achievement
    • 18. motivation to learn
    • 19. collaborative learning
    • 20. critical thinking
    • 21. problem-solving
    • 22. analytical thinking
    • 23. student-centered learning
    • 24. constructivist education
    (Pitler, Hubbel, Kuhn, & Malenoski ,2010, p. 3)
    Image credit Joey Devilla,
  • 25. Additionally, technology in the classroom has a significant positive impact on at-risk students:
    • nonjudgmental
    • 26. motivational
    • 27. frequent and immediate feedback
    • 28. individualized
    • 29. differentiated
    • 30. promotion of student autonomy
    • 31. multisensory
    (Pitler, Hubbel, Kuhn, & Malenoski ,2010, p. 3)
    Image credit Matt hew Apia,
  • 32. We can put computers and Web 2.0 tools in front of our students,
    but well-crafted classes and trained guides can give students the resources they need
    in order to be truly competitive in the 21st century workforce and higher education environment.
  • 33. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
    - Lao Tzu
  • 34. References
    Huffaker, D. (2005). The educated blogger: Using weblogs to promote literacy in the classroom. AACE Journal, 13(2), 91-98.
    James, J. (2010). National Educational Technology Standards. Retrieved from
    Mishra, P. and Koehler, M. (2009). [Venn diagram from TPACK wiki.] TPCK – Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge. Retrieved from
    Pitler, H, Hubbell, E. R., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using technology with classroom instruction that works. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
    Richardson, W. (2009). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
    Trilling, B. and Fadel, C. (2009). 21st century skills: Learning for life in our times. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
    Warlick, D. (March/April 2005). The New Literacy: Reading, writing, and arithmetic no longer guarantee students a place in the workforce. A different skill set is in high demand. Scholastic Administr@tor. Retrieved from