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21st Century Learners and Literacies


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Presented to graduate Foundations of Reading course at Hamline University, March 11, 2009. This presentation is a remix of Kim Cofino's "The 21st Century Learner" …

Presented to graduate Foundations of Reading course at Hamline University, March 11, 2009. This presentation is a remix of Kim Cofino's "The 21st Century Learner" [], along with some bits and pieces of my own. Thanks to Kim for providing such stunning source material. Also visit her resource wiki at

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    • 1. 21st Century Learners & Literacies Scott Schwister
    • 3. How are students changing? GUIDING QUESTIONS
    • 4. How are students changing? How are texts changing? GUIDING QUESTIONS
    • 5. What is literacy?
    • 6. How are texts changing?
    • 7. Web 1.0 read-only static consumer
    • 8. Web 1.0 read-only static consumer Web 2.0 read-write dynamic creator
    • 9. The Machine is Us/ing Us
    • 10. How are students changing?
    • 11. Letter from Camp 2.0
    • 12. inherent characteristics
    • 13. learners
    • 14. life outside the classroom
    • 15. always on
    • 16. interaction is expected
    • 17. social
    • 18. highly customized experiences
    • 19. increasingly digital
    • 20. constantly connected
    • 21. instant access
    • 22. producers + consumers prosumers
    • 23. their average classroom experience
    • 24. in your classroom? what do 21 st century learners experience
    • 25. Our kids have tasted the honey.
    • 26. external influences inherent characteristics
    • 27. A Vision of Students Today
    • 28. external influences inherent characteristics evolving responses
    • 29. what is 21st century literacy?
    • 30. literacy
    • 31. effective learners
    • 32. lifelong learners effective learners are…
    • 33. natural navigators effective learners are…
    • 34. critical thinkers and evaluators effective learners are…
    • 35. communicators & creators effective
    • 36. able to create something new effective communicators & creators are…
    • 37. able to communicate across culture, time & distance effective communicators & creators are…
    • 38. effective communicators & creators are…
    • 39. effective global collaborators
    • 40. able to collaborate to reach common goals effective global collaborators are…
    • 41. able to lead or follow effective global collaborators are…
    • 42. no boundaries effective global collaborators have…
    • 43. What does this mean for teaching and learning?
    • 44. next steps read Blogs, Wikis , Podcasts , and Other Powerful Web Tools for the Classroom Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century A Whole New Mind
    • 45. next steps read more Will Richardson, Weblogg-ed KimCofino, always learning Doug Belshaw, dougbelshaw .com/blog
    • 46. next steps read even more Educational Leadership (March 2009) Digital Youth Project The 21st Century Learner wiki Literacy Discussion wiki
    • 47. next steps watch Learn to Change, Change to Learn Information R/evolution A Vision of K-12 Students Today
    • 48. next steps standards & frameworks ISTE NETS-S IRA/NCTE Standards Partnership for 21st Century Skills NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies
    • 49. next steps join Classroom 2.0 Ning NCTE Ning
    • 50. big big thanks to Kim Cofino for sharing and encouraging remixing. Visit her excellent blog at
    • 51. Image Sources (Creative Commons License): Dangling Colors: Honey, courtesy Scott McLeod: Girl with computer: : Lights and the City: Blue Sky Over Monday Morning: NY at Night: NY at night: Swing: Bumper Cars: Sunset playing: Puzzle piece: Baby with iPhone: Connected: Touch Sensitive: Camera: Blindfold: Finger point: Question mark: ISB21: Steering Wheel: Statue: Orienteering in Venice: Big eyes: Birds on wire: Painted girl: Hieroglyphics: Think outside the box: NASA: Ants: Fish: Sunset: We eat light: Rubik's cube: Open road: Gadgets: Mountain Climber: Audience: Web: Graffiti Body Outlines:
    • 52. contact me Scott Schwister [email_address]