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21st Century Skills, Literacies & Fluency


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Are they Buzz words? A cliche? Another Fad? Or are we in the middle of an educational revolution?

We are a decade into this ”21st century” that seems to be part of labels for everything in education these days. What does it mean to be literate in 2010? What will being educated mean for the class of 2023?
Let’s look at some of these terms, their implication for our schools, and examples of educators who have embraced “new forms” of teaching and learning.
Learn how you can look past the semantics and work towards preparing your teachers and students for the future, not the past.

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  • Media Literacy
  • Global Literacy
  • Network Literacy
  • Digital Safety
    Digital Etiquette
    Digital Rights & Responsibilities
    Digital Laws
  • Literacy vs Fluency: To be literate is to have knowledge and competence while fluency is more…it demonstrates mastery unconsciously and smoothly (21st Century Fluency Project)
  • Learning vocabulary & grammar only serves the purpose of being able to communicate & connect with people.
    The use and order of the words is transparent
  • Clay Shirky- Cognitive Surplus
  • Social Production
    Social Networks
    Semantic Web
    Media Grids
    Non Linear Learning

    Adapted from Stephen Wilmarth’s chapter in Curriculum21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
    How does your brain respond to the bullets and summary versus the image? What do you remember better?
  • Adapted from Stephen Wilmarth’s chapter in Curriculum21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs

    Stephen Wilmarth in Chapter 5 Five Socio-Technology Trends in Curriculum 21
  • Olympics with 2nd Grade Class in Canada
  • Connected to Global Perspectives: Christopher Columbus Project
  • Transcript of "21st Century Skills, Literacies & Fluency"

    1. 1. Buzz So What? New Forms
    2. 2. 21st Century Skills, Literacies & Fluency Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano Educational Consultant
    3. 3. Buzz
    4. 4. What does it mean to be educated?
    5. 5. The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be the ones who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. Alvin Toffler
    6. 6. Information Literacy
    7. 7. Media Literacy Media Literacy
    8. 8. Global Literacy Global Literacy
    9. 9. Network Literacy Network Literacy
    10. 10. Digital Citizen Digital Citizenship
    11. 11. Fluency
    12. 12. Speaking French Sideways Do I want to drink a cup of coffee with you? Do you want to drink a cup of coffee with you? Speaking Up and Down vs. Sideways
    13. 13. It feels intuitive unconscious and smooth. I know how to respond to something unexpected. I can relate, communicate and connect with others. I don’t translate, nor wonder what comes first? The verb or the noun? I am comfortable & not terrified. I know that a language is the sum of words, common history and traditions.
    14. 14. “People who speak a common language are connected in more ways than understanding the words that make it up.
    15. 15. • Communicate • Collaborate • Connect • Create • Critical Thinking Skills • Basic (reading & writing) • Information • Media • Global • Network • Digital Citizen Literacies • Media • Information • Digital Citizen • Collaboration • Solution • Creativity Fluencies
    16. 16. So What?
    17. 17. Looking for… Clay Shirky
    18. 18. Change is not necessary. Survival is optional. W. Edwards Deming
    19. 19. Social Production Social Networks Media Grids Non-Linear LearningFive Socio- Technology Trends Adapted from Stephen Wilmarth in Curriculum21 (ASCD 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
    20. 20. • Learning to Do • Knowledge CreationSocial Production • Learning to Be • Defining our identities • How we connect with each other determines how learning occurs (Relationships, not technologies) Social Networks • Learning to Know • Organizing, interpretation, connections & distribution of informationSemantic Web • Learning to be and do • Gaming embeds Gardner’s five minds of the future • Content not confined to linear structuresMedia Grids • Disciplines are interconnected Non-Linear Learning FiveSocio-TechnologyTrends Adapted from Stephen Wilmarth’s chapter in Curriculum21 (ASCD, 2010) by Heidi Hayes Jacobs
    21. 21. Six New Roles to Empower Learners
    22. 22. New Forms
    23. 23. What is a Classroom?
    24. 24. Collaborators
    25. 25. Connected to Global Perspective
    26. 26. Cross-Subject & Grade Level
    27. 27. “When we Skyped with Silvia, what happens years ago, makes more sense. She told us way more than I’d read in a textbook. She made me put myself in Germany during the night of broken glass. “Skyping helps us learn. When our class Skyped with Silvia Rosenthal, she told us more information about the holocaust and WWII than a textbook would have told us. This makes it exciting for us because we can see her expressions and it makes it more real. We can feel her emotion. Authentic
    28. 28. Students become Teachers
    29. 29. Contributors
    30. 30. Researchers
    31. 31. It’s not about the Tools…It’s about the Skills
    32. 32. Buzz So What? New Forms
    33. 33. Resources • Curriculum 21 by Heidi Hayes Jacobs • • Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky •
    34. 34. Credits • Buzz image by Clix- • Facebook by EscapedtoWisconsin @N00/3292899689/
    35. 35. 21st Century Skills, Literacies & Fluency Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano Educational Consultant