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Worldview 2010 Symposium Community Colleges


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Keynote talk for Worldview 2010 Symposium for Community Colleges, Chapel Hill, NC

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Worldview 2010 Symposium Community Colleges

  1. 1. New Literacies in a Digital Age What Will You Contribute? Hiller A. Spires, Ph.D. Professor & Senior Research Fellow North Carolina State University November 11, 2010 World View 2010 Community Colleges Symposium
  2. 2. Three of my favorite words (now!) Twitter Moodle Ning World View 2010 Community Colleges Symposium
  3. 3. Tweet if You Like . . . Post Your Questions/Comments If you have a laptop and a twitter account, post your questions and comments as I’m talking. Post to @newlit View Other’s Questions/Comments Or you can view other’s posts by visiting World View 2010 Community Colleges Symposium
  4. 4. • What does it mean to be literate today? • How can new literacies help us think, learn, & work in innovative ways? • How will you contribute to the world of new literacies?
  5. 5. A new educational era.
  6. 6. NLI2010Beijing _________________________________________________ Global Internet Usage
  7. 7. Educational Challenges??
  8. 8. Technology Integration… The Extremes Technology…The Extremes
  9. 9. What does it mean to be literate today?
  10. 10. A Sense of Urgency? Future supply of High School Graduates 0 2,000,000 4,000,000 6,000,000 8,000,000 10,000,000 12,000,000 14,000,000 China EU India US 2003 2010 2015
  11. 11. A Sense of Urgency? Future supply of College Graduates
  12. 12. How the demand for skills has changed Economy-wide measures of routine and non-routine task input (US) (Levy and Murnane, 2004) Meantaskinputaspercentilesof the1960taskdistribution
  13. 13. Expert thinking and problem solving involves effective pattern matching based on detailed knowledge. The set of skills used by the stumped expert to decide when to give up on one strategy and what to try next. Complex communication requires the exchange of vast amounts of verbal and nonverbal information. The information flow is constantly adjusted as the communication evolves unpredictably. Levy & Murnane, 2004 Valued Performances for Now & the Near Future
  14. 14. _________________________________________________ What are New Literacies? New literacies emerge from the theoretical and practical intersection of literacy, evolving technologies, and media. How we locate, create, and share information.
  15. 15. _________________________________________________ American Federation of Scientists (2006) Game players are able to: Rapidly analyze new situations Interact with characters they don’t really know Solve problems quickly and independently Think strategically in a chaotic world Collaborate effectively in teams Routine vs. adaptive expertise Games & 21st Century Skills
  16. 16. _________________________________________________ Web 2.0 Literacies •Access content •Create content •Publish content •Connect content
  17. 17. In addition to print text . . . The “literate” person today needs to: • Learn about Technology • Learn with Technology • Learn through Technology
  18. 18. How can new literacies help us think, learn, & work in innovative ways?
  19. 19. Have you read?
  20. 20. Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework
  21. 21. Grassroots Video • Using media to engage students in creating and learning content. • Complex thinking and the “YouTube Aesthetic” don’t have to be mutually exclusive. • Get a Flip camera!
  22. 22. Inquiry Learning Project (ILP) Kits
  23. 23. Access to information We live in an age of exploding access to information — “a tsunami of data.” Richard Saul Wurman
  24. 24. Online Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies • Read to identify important questions • Read to locate information • Read to critically evaluate the usefulness of that information • Read to synthesize information to answer those questions • Read to communicate the answers to others Leu & Coiro, 2007
  25. 25. Creative Synthesis -- A 21st Century Skill
  26. 26. Daniel Pink’s Six Senses (2005) • Design - not only function • Story – not only argument • Symphony – not only focus • Empathy – not only logic • Play – not only seriousness • Meaning – not only accumulation "Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!" Dr. Seuss
  27. 27. Web 2.0 Literacies  Henry Jenkins et al. (2006)  New media literacies that evolve through collaboration and social networking in a rich media environment (participatory culture)   Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture
  28. 28. Henry Jenkins 21st Century Media Literacies Framework 21st Centuries Literacies FrameworkPlay Capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving Performance Ability to adopt alternative identities for improvisation and discovery Simulation Ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real-world processes Appropriation Ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content Multitasking Ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details Distributed Cognition Ability to interact meaningfully with tolls that expand mental capacities Collective Intelligence Ability to pool knowledge & compare notes with others toward a common goal Judgment Ability to evaluate the reliability & credibility of different information sources Transmedia Navigation Ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities Networking Ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information Negotiation Ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms.
  29. 29. Society continuously adapts to innovation
  30. 30. Writing “will create forgetfulness in men’s souls because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves.” Readers will become “hearers of many things and will have learned nothing . . . Plato’s Phaedrus Writing as innovation
  31. 31. / • PISA data Encyclopedia as Innovation Accessing information at home
  32. 32. Innovation Scale up Took over 50 years for the electrification of America
  33. 33. Famous Last Words . . . • “Who in their right mind would ever need more than 640k of ram!?” Bill Gates, 1981Bill Gates, 1981 • “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” Thomas Watson, Chair, IBM, 1943Thomas Watson, Chair, IBM, 1943 • “Telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered a means of communication.” Western Union memo, 1876Western Union memo, 1876
  34. 34. How will you contribute to the world of new literacies? and to your students’ digital future?
  35. 35. New Learning Ecology Spires, Wiebe, Young, Hollebrands, & Lee, 2009)
  36. 36. 5 Suggestions for 21st Century Teachers • Invent your TPACK • Design project-based inquiries • Hone the new global skill set • Become an expert in performance-based assessment • Create an identity in professional learning communities and networks . . .INNOVATE. . . . INNOVATE. . . INNOVATE . . . IN Spires, Wiebe, Young, Hollebrands & Lee, 2009
  37. 37. Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) Mishra, & Koehler, 2006 Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Pedagogical Content Knowledge Technological Pedagogical Knowledge Technological Content Knowledge Context
  38. 38. INQUIRY
  39. 39. Project-Based Inquiry Spires, H., Wiebe, E., Young, C., Hollenbrands, K., and Lee, J. (2009).
  40. 40. Any Value in Inverting Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy? Anderson & Krathwol, (2001); Spires et al (2009)
  41. 41. Create The learner creates new ideas and information: • Design • Construct • Imagine • Produce • Invent • Devise • Forecast • Concoct • Generate  
  42. 42. Global Skills Set A New Global Skill Set
  43. 43. Performance-Based Assessment
  44. 44. Performance-Based Assessment The most powerful way to develop creativity in your students is to be a role model. Students develop creativity not when you tell them to, but when you show them.     Robert Sternberg
  45. 45. Professional Learning Communities Professional Learning Communities & Networks
  46. 46. Educational Challenges?? The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed. -- William Gibson
  47. 47. • What does it mean to be literate today? • How can new literacies help us think, learn, & work in innovative ways? • How will you contribute to the world of new literacies?
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  49. 49. The Last Word . . . “This is the moment—this is the most important moment right now. We are about making a contribution. That’s what our job is. It’s about contributing something.” Benjamin Zander How will you contribute to the world of new literacies, to your students’ digital future? World View 2010 Community Colleges Symposium
  50. 50. Thank you! Let me hear from you.
  51. 51. New Literacies & Global Leaning Project-Based Master’s Program at NCSU: New Literacies Collaborative: Hiller’s wiki with resources: