Contemporary Literacy


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This is a new version of my Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century address

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  • Contemporary Literacy

    1. 1. Contemporary Literacy Presented by David Warlick The Landmark Project Zer-Aviv, Mushon. &quot;Digital Divide.&quot; Mushon's Photostream. 15 Oct 2006. 30 May 2007 <>.
    2. 2. Online Handouts Session Tags: redefine literacy warlick NECC Tag: n07s705
    3. 3. Opening facts May 11 Orders for Halo 3 hit 4.5 million. ..and it isn’t even released yet! 67 Million user (2006) 250,000 new members a day Almost 7 million residents $1/4 Million transactions a day The Information Landscape that we use is changing!
    4. 4. Beginning! I learned in the 1980s that what made these new technologies so special was that they were machines that you operated by communicating with them! What I learned later, was that it was actually that these machines gave us new ways to communicate with each other!
    5. 5. 21st Century Learning? <ul><li>How many of you learned one? </li></ul><ul><li>How many of you learned a wrong one? </li></ul>Marie Curie Sigmund Freud Albert Einstein My Grandmother? Margaret Mead How, and how well, do we learn from each other?
    6. 6. Information is dynamic. It is made for conversation.
    7. 7. Heidigoseek, &quot;AADL - New Books.&quot; Heidigoseek's Photostream . 20 Mar 2006. 13 Nov 2006 <>. Althouse, Ann. &quot;September 11th News.&quot; Ann Althouse's Photostream . 11 Sep 2005. 13 Nov 2006 <>. Who do? we trust? The source that warns us, or the source that seems more interested in protecting its own authority? No answer! Just a good question?
    8. 8. <ul><li>Find it – in a digital networked landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Decode it – regardless of the format </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate it – to determine its value </li></ul><ul><li>Organize it – into personal digital libraries </li></ul>Reading » Exposing
    9. 9. Reading » Exposing When there’s too much information to search through -- then we need to learn to train the information to find us! RSS
    10. 10. It’s not just reading the information… It’s exposing information!
    11. 11. Arithmetic » Employing Arithmetic is about making numbers tell their story. When all information is made of numbers, then arithmetic becomes so much more.
    12. 12. Arithmetic » Employing Processing sound? Processing images?
    13. 13. Arithmetic » Employing <ul><li>Add & Subtract </li></ul><ul><li>Process & Synthesize </li></ul><ul><li>Manipulate </li></ul><ul><li>Assemble & Take Apart </li></ul><ul><li>Mix & Remix </li></ul>
    14. 14. It’s not just about arithmetic… It’s about employing information to accomplish goals.
    15. 15. <ul><li>Expressing compellingly with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Animation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul>Writing » Expressing
    16. 16. Writing » Expressing Remixing content to communicate -- to express ideas compellingly?
    17. 17. Writing » Expressing Anderson, Chris. &quot;The Long Tail.&quot; WIRED Magazine Oct 2004. 17 Mar 2005 <>. What are we depriving our children of by not teaching them from the long tail?
    18. 18. It’s not just about writing… It’s about expressing ideas compellingly!
    19. 19. Ethics Ethics Ethics <ul><li>Spam cost the world $50 billion dollars in 2005 (U.S. $19b). </li></ul><ul><li>Expected to double in 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>According to the Copenhagen Consensus We could bring HIV/AIDS under control for less than $35 billion. </li></ul>Jennings, Richi. “Spam and Other Email Threats: Market and Technology Update.” Ferris Research. 8 Jun 2007. Ferris Research. 9 Jun 2007 <>. Kerr, Roger. “Hard-Hedaded Spending Decisions not Cold-Hearted.” BusinessROUNDTABLE. 2 Jul 2004. New Zealand Business Roundtable. 9 Jun 2007 <>
    20. 20. Ethics Ethics Ethics <ul><li>Seek truth and express it </li></ul><ul><li>To minimize harm </li></ul><ul><li>To be accountable </li></ul><ul><li>To respect and protect the information infrastructure </li></ul>
    21. 21. Ethics <ul><li>Who’s Responsible </li></ul><ul><li>I worried about making my students’ developing language skills available to a wider audience – but I needn't have. They are developing their own voice and with it a greater degree of responsibility Paul Harrington </li></ul>
    22. 22. The Nature of Information is Changing <ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Arithmetic </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Exposing </li></ul><ul><li>Employing </li></ul><ul><li>Expressing </li></ul><ul><li>Ethics </li></ul>
    23. 23. Two Things We Know Nature Information has Changed Preparing Children for an unpredictable future Contemporary Literacy Learn to Teach Yourself Learning Literacy