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Is traditional reading and writing enough to be considered literate in the 21st century? We need to rethink our notion of critical literacy, develop authentic learning and assessment opportunities, ...

Is traditional reading and writing enough to be considered literate in the 21st century? We need to rethink our notion of critical literacy, develop authentic learning and assessment opportunities, upgrade and amplify our curriculum.



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  • Silvia,
    I would love to be at your presentation at Rowan University today to hear you speak about critical literacy. I also enjoyed Chic's comment above.

    I am trying to give students opportunity to upgrade and amplify their literacy, yet I feel I have so much to learn from you and others, like Chic, who commented above.

    I'm including the URL to our class blog. http://krebs.edublogs.org/ I hope I am giving students opportunities to upgrade and amplify through their blogging.

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  • Silvia this is very timely. I have been working with a number of schools to complete curriculum reviews as the school year comes to an end here in NZ. Your question 'Is traditional reading and writing enough to be considered literate in the 21st Century?' is one that I have been asking teachers to consider in the process. You once again lay out the challenge so clearly....providing a rich scaffold for school teams and individual teachers to reflect on and reconsider how they think about reading and writing for our learners today. I believe the shift comes when they are able to make the connection between effective strategies for learning and digital literacy. Rather than the use of the tools it is the learning focus that is the starting point for the shift in thinking. In our NZ curriculum the identified strands of literacy are listening,reading,viewing and speaking, writing,presenting. We focus on these in order for our students to be able to effectively communicate. If we consider how we most effectively communicate in today's world, it is clear that we must upgrade the ways in which we engage our students in learning and applying these skills. When schools and teachers are able to shift thinking from 'digital tools' to learning in the most relevant context, then they begin to amplify their strategies for implementing an effective, relevant curriculum for today's 21st C learners. This is a journey for us all in this ever changing world. My 'aha' moment was the day I moved my focus from the tool to the learning and then considered how I could most effectively facilitate the learning in ways that were current and relevant for the students, what I needed to know in order to do this and how I could amplify my own skills in order to become more relevant in the lives of the learner. Thank you for all that you do to challenge thinking and support the shifts that must be made in order for us all to stay relevant in our students learning journey.
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21st Century Critical Literacy 21st Century Critical Literacy Presentation Transcript

  • Critical Literacy Is Traditional Reading & Writing Enough?Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano - @langwitches
  • What is the Point?
  • As a VerB : educated As a Noun Literate , being abl : Having k e to read nowledge & write or compet ence
  • Reconsider How we think about Reading & Writing http://www.flickr.com/photos/swamibu/2868288357/
  • DigitalAge? Is it a http://www.flickr.com/photos/digimist/5698782655/ Threat orNew Meansfor a Literary Culture?
  • Our World “It” is not changing back
  • Be Real
  • Going out of Print Now What?
  • Reading & Writing
  • happens...
  • The Future of Reading AndWriting Collaborative is
  • Reading http://www.flickr.com/photos/snorpey/3317497657/
  • Writing
  • Literacy has always been defined by Technology Nichole Pinkard
  • Digital Beginnings
  • “ Cliffs We have to continually be jumping offWings and developing our ”on the way down.Kurt Vonnegut http://www.flickr.com/photos/ccheviron/3603396672
  • Cultural Changes
  • Participatory
  • BeyoMoving n PrintedTex d t
  • Reading & WRiting as aSocial Process
  • Amplified
  • But...
  • “ It is not Just a Matter of transferringhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/axeldeviaje/312166488/ classroom writing into digital spaces” Ann Davis http://anne.teachesme.com/2007/01/17/rationale-for-educational-blogging/
  • Quality
  • Experience
  • Digital Multitasking
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/beth19/4721798240/Learning Curve
  • fast pens t o o eHapChang
  • Can you Trust Everything you Read? http://www.flickr.com/photos/goddessparkle/364068850/
  • Learning How to Learn
  • One Step at a Time
  • What About...
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  • diss em ina te investigate reco rd film write draw docum ent read colla bora te create visualizeg
  • Blogging
  • refl http://langwitches.org/blog/2012/04/03/hyperlinked-writing-in-the-classroom/ ecti ve mult imedexp ia ect ing ac onv ers ati on Suphyperlinked connected por tiv e Writing
  • Tweeting
  • in The Twitter Classroomhttp://langwitches.org/blog/2012/09/19/twitter-hots-establishing-a-twitter-routine-in-the-classroom/
  • @sixwordstories
  • Twitter StoriesCollaborative
  • RSS Personaliz ed Re ad ing
  • Colla borati ve No Goo te Ta king gle Docs Pe er Editing
  • Wikis Collabo rative Writing
  • CrowdSourcing http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/613445810
  • QuestionTraditional Reading & Writing Image used with permission from Jan (lifeimages04) Ihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/26341920@N03/3017836276/
  • Authentic AssessmentGlobal Connectedness http://langwitches.org/blog/2011/08/08/the-next-step-amplification-amplify/ Comments Curation Remix by others Amplificationhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/larimdame/2575986601/
  • http://www.naafoundation.org/Research/Youth-Media-Consumption.aspx Fitting into their lives Gaphttp://www.flickr.com/photos/fkehren/312080587 Widening
  • Buying Storing Accessing
  • ReadingAnnotating
  • p ublis hing crea ting
  • Fluid Reading
  • Writing: to be read
  • Reconsider How You think about Reading & Writing http://www.flickr.com/photos/swamibu/2868288357/
  • DevelopAuthentic Learning &Assessmentopportunities
  • Upgrade & Amplify