21st century fluencies


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21st century fluencies

  1. 1. 21ST CENTURY FLUENCIES"...We use the term fluency for a reason. Itdemonstrates a level of proficiency far beyondliteracy. For example, you may be literate in a secondlanguage, but you still have to make a consciouseffort to think about what you are hearing or readingto decode its meaning. However, when you are fluentin a second language, you have attained a certaincomfort level so that its use is subconscious andautomatic. Having a literacy-level use of skills is notenough.They need to be developed to a level offluency, where they become internalized and are usedsubconsciously.“-Excerpt from Living on the Future Edge
  2. 2. Media Fluency Toolbox Group 1 Examine the article. Create a list of technology tools with which 21stcentury workers need fluency on sticky notes. Use a rubber band to attach the note to a tool. Sort your tools Top Drawer =TopTools (used daily) Bottom Drawer = Reserved Resource (important but lessfrequent use)
  3. 3. Media Fluency Toolbox Group 2-4 Examine the article.• Remove the tools in the box.• Add additional tools with which 21st century workersneed fluency on sticky notes. Use a rubber band to attach the note to a tool. Sort all tools Top Drawer =TopTools (used daily) Bottom Drawer = Reserved Resource (important but lessfrequent use)
  4. 4. Solution FluencyThe Quarterback Perspective."...A quarterback deals wit h the immediate reality just tosurvive, and because he is working with moving targets, he alsodeals with the future to ensure success.This is a very importantpoint for everyone struggling with the exponential change inmodern life. Our difficulties parallel those of the quarterback.We must deal with the world of the present just to survive.Wemust pay the mortgage, do the grocery shopping, and get thecar fixed.We must gather supplies for tomorrows Englishlesson, compile report card grades, and return a phone call tothat unhappy parent. Neglecting any of these immediate taskshas very real and direct consequences.We must deal with allthe urgent issues and tasks that come up on a daily basis just tosurvive.“–Living on the Future Edge
  5. 5. 21st Century Challenges Examine the article Use the index cards on the table to create a list of challenges for 21stcentury schools. As a group write at least one challenge for the following on anotecard– Students (Card #2) Teachers (Card #3) Parents (Card #4)– Administrators (Card #5)– GlobalWorkforce (Card #6) Create your movie script Arrange the index cards in the following way Intro card Cards 2-6 Move to the hall. Have one person in the group record using thecamcorder app on the ipad. Have the other people in the group readthe cards on screen. Record your Solution Fluency Movie.
  6. 6. Information Fluency“In our present society we are seeing powerfultechnologies and information systems causing aparallel change in the knowledge base.Why are factsare becoming obsolete faster and knowledge built onthese facts less durable?What are the new methodsfor learning, communicating and collaborating both inbusiness and education?With so much information atour fingertips, how do we discern the good from thebad, the correct from the incorrect, and the emptyfrom the meaningful?”–Excerpt from Literacy is Not Enough: 21st CenturyFluencies for the Digital Age.
  7. 7. Then and Now Venn Diagram Examine the article Discuss how school has changed in the last10, 20, 30 years. Common Skills –What skills did you learn inschool that remain important for today’sstudent? Past Circle – On the Smartboard list things youlearned in school which are no longer taught. Present Circle – On the Smartboard list thingsstudents need to know today which they didn’tneed in the past.
  8. 8. Creativity Fluency Examine the article Think about your favorite teacher. What skillsand personality traits made them special?Were they creative? How? Create a list of ideal traits for the 21st CenturyTeacher Add your traits to theWiki SpaceWebsite. Be sure to click Save