Defining the Focus: What Are New Literacies?


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Opening group activity for 2011 New Literacies Teacher Leader Institute at NCSU's Friday Institute in Raleigh, NC. (July 26, 2011)

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Defining the Focus: What Are New Literacies?

  1. 1. Our Initial Ideas About New Literacies:<br />What are they? Where do we start?<br />Carl Young<br />NLI Teacher Leader Institute<br />Raleigh, NC<br />25 July 2011<br />
  2. 2. Get ready…<br />
  3. 3. 1 Objective, 1 Rule<br />To get ideas out of your head and onto paper… quickly! <br />Your ideas! <br />
  4. 4. Literacy?<br />Step 1: Define literacy in your own words. Take 2-3 minutes to freewrite or freetype what literacy is. <br />What is literacy? What does it mean to be literate? <br />
  5. 5. New Literacies?<br />Step 2:What is/are new literacies? Define new literacies in your own words. Take 2-3 minutes to freewrite or freetype what new literacies is/are. <br />This definition may be an extension of your first one or an elaboration to some degree.<br />
  6. 6. Share & Collaborate<br />Step 3: Now, in small groups at your table, share your ideas about new literacies, and... <br />2 groups at each table (4 minutes)<br />Step 4: Collaborate on a common working definition that is no longer than 25 words. <br />(5 minutes)<br />Step 5: Create a visual representation of your working definition that includes your words and any visual design elements that help convey your ideas. Post-It poster paper and markers provided!(5 minutes)<br />
  7. 7. Initial Ideas About New Literacies Gallery Walk<br />Next, post them around room!<br />Walk and take a look at each other’s work!<br />Note any common themes or images, as well as anything else that strikes you as you take a look.<br />
  8. 8. Common Themes / Observations?<br />Share: If time, …<br />What are some of the common themes you noticed?<br />What other observations did you make?<br />Use these as a reference point to build upon over the week! <br />Post your initial definitions to the Ning or Tweet them and include #NLI11 <br />Archive: 1 volunteer from each group or tech support person at table, use Flip cam to capture group and poster. We’ll post these as well.<br />
  9. 9. Connections…<br />New Literacies have connections to technology, but also to art, narrative, gaming, multimodality… creating!<br />
  10. 10. …help us to represent ideas in new and dynamic ways…<br />Preamble, 1987; Mike Wilkins<br />
  11. 11. NLI Team’s New LiteraciesWordle<br />
  12. 12. NLI Team’s New LiteraciesTagxedo<br />
  13. 13. NLI Team’s New LiteraciesGlog<br />
  14. 14. Video: Thoughts in Progress on New Literacies<br />
  15. 15. Thanks!<br />Carl Young<br />NC State University<br /><br />Raleigh, NC <br />2011<br />