Merging the Old with the New: Literacy Teaching in the 21st Century

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Presentation given at the Fairfax County Reading Teachers Association annual conference, March 5, 2011 - George Mason University.

Presentation given at the Fairfax County Reading Teachers Association annual conference, March 5, 2011 - George Mason University.

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  • 1. Merging the Old with the New
    Literacy Teaching in the 21st Century
    Katie Keier
  • 2.
  • 3. Whatever happened to Mrs. Wishy Washy?
  • 4. What is a comprehensive literacy approach?
    Foundational Literacies
  • 5. Twenty-first century readers and writers need to:
    • Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
    • 6. Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
    • 7. Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
    • 8. Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
    • 9. Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
    • 10. Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments
    NCTE Definition of 21st Century LIteracies
  • 11. How has your reading life changed?
  • 12. How has your writing life changed?
  • 13. What do your students read & write?
  • 14. “If we teach today as we did yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”
    John Dewey
  • 15. How do digital literacies complement foundational literacies?
  • Digital literacies…
    Allow students to apply foundational literacy (reading, writing, speaking, listening) in authentic learning situations
    Encourage students to move beyond the classroom and into the world
    Enable students to connect, communicate, collaborate, consolidate and critically analyze
    Engage students
    - Keepin’ It Real by Lisa Donohue
  • 20. Is what we are teaching helping our students become literate in the 21st century?
    Digital literacies are completely grounded in the foundations of:
  • 21. ReadingTo, With, and By Children
  • 22. WritingTo, With, and By Children
  • 23. “Kids are coming to the Web earlier and earlier,
    and it’s obviously very important that we
    prepare them for life online.”
    -Will Richardson
  • 24. 21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada
  • 25. Let’s play!!
  • 26. Creators and Producers
    “Young learners in our schools already know technology as a toy. We need to begin the shift to technologies as tools. Making, doing, and creating are keys. We need students to be creators and producers, not just consumers.”
    Gail Lovely
  • 27. Digital Stories
    • Electronic picture book - a series of images combined with either written or oral text to convey a message
    • 28. Smilebox
    • 29. Storybird
    • 30. VoiceThread
  • Smilebox
  • Storybird
  • voicethread
  • Blogs
    • A forum where one user can initiate a discussion topic and other users can post replies
  • Edublog
  • 31. Patterson’s Pack - Edublog
  • 32. Class Blogmeister
  • 33. Mrs. Cassidy’s Classroom Blog
  • 34. Turn and Talk
    What literacies would blogging support? How do you see it as part of a comprehensive literacy approach?
  • 35. Why Blog?
    Blogging brings more voices into the conversation, allowing for a greater depth of thinking. Kids develop sense of voice and audience beyond the teacher.
    Authentic, meaningful and purposeful.
    Students can connect with other children around the world.
    What else?
  • 36. Blogs
    • A forum where one user can initiate a discussion topic and other users can post replies
  • A Year of Reading
  • 37. Reflect and Refine
  • 38.
  • 39. Social Media = Powerful Tools
    “The new power of social media and networking technologies is perhaps the least leveraged technology in formal education systems today.
    Social networking technologies are powerful tools for enhancing the process of learning to be, of defining our identities.”
    Stephen Wilmarth,
    Five Socio-Technology Trends That Change Everything in Learning and Teaching”
    (Curriculum 21 by Heidi Hayes Jacobs)
  • 40.  Social Networking - Facebook
  • 41. Twitter
  • 42. Twitter:A Personal Learning Network (PLN)
  • 43. Turn and Talk
    What literacies would social networking support? How can social networking support YOU as a teacher?
  • 44. “The Internet is this generation’s
    defining technology for reading.”
    Donald Leu
  • 45. Toon Book Reader – Graphic Novels
  • 46. Kidsread
  • 47. Zooborns
  • 48. Tumblebooks
  • 49. Turn and Talk
    How is the internet redefining literacy?
  • 50. Podcasting
  • 51. 100 % Kids Podcasting with 2nd Graders
  • 52. Turn and Talk
    How does podcasting fit into a comprehensive literacy approach?
  • 53. “All texts require exploration, interrogation, elaboration, and interactive response modes that extend, expand, and enrich the experience of the text.”
    David Booth
  • 54. Jump in!!
    If we wait to know all there is about digital literacies and emerging literacies before using them in our teaching – we never will. Learn alongside your students, take risks, explore and play!
    What will you be taking back to your classroom – to merge ‘old’ with ‘new’ literacies?