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21st century literacies


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Redefining educational goals for the 21st century. Not quite perfect but a start

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21st century literacies

  1. 1. 21st Century Literacies<br />Re-defining basic educational goals for a globalized world.<br />Paul Treadwell, March 2011<br />
  2. 2. “Acquiring literacy does not involve memorising sentences, words or syllables … but rather an attitude of creation and re-creation, a self-transformation producing a stance of intervention in one's context."  Paulo Freire, Education: The Practice of Freedom (1973)<br />Why Talk About Literacy?<br />
  3. 3. New literacies for a new world:<br />Technology is becoming increasingly pervasive<br />Webs of interconnection are being woven around the world<br />What happens in Egypt affects what happens here<br />Distance is contracting, and expanding, at the same time<br />Expanding Literacies<br />
  4. 4. If we accept the definition of literacy as:<br />“(involving) a continuum of learning … enabling individuals to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate fully in their community and wider society.” (UNESCO 2003)<br />Fluency in multiple literacies becomes an essential need for survival in the 21st century.<br />Being Literate<br />
  5. 5. New Literacies encompass a range of learning:<br />Multicultural<br />Informational<br />Digital<br />Agricultural<br />Scientific<br />+ Civic<br />Todays Literacies<br />
  6. 6. Currently in New York State 24% of adults fall below basic (traditional) literacy achievement.<br />Given that, how do we embrace all the other literacies as important?<br />Are literacies stacked, or overlapping?<br />Literate Necessities<br />
  7. 7. Providing educational programming to support the development of these literacies is “golden” <br />Pardon me, couldn’t resist….<br />It is also a challenge – who among us is MIDAS+ literate?<br />The MIDAS+ Touch<br />
  8. 8. If we accept the challenge of a redefined suite of literacies, what does that imply?<br />Integration of these elements into existing programs<br />Exploring new programming to fill in gaps<br />Partnering in new ways <br />Making skillful use of technology<br />Start where people are<br />
  9. 9. Not to get too philosophical but:<br />Some literacies are “meta” literacies<br />Supporting the development of other literacies<br />We can’t teach what we don’t know<br />The Meta Level<br />
  10. 10. Technology can be a meta literacy<br />It can support efforts to educate<br />It, in itself, demands a literacy of it’s users<br />Interlocks with and is dependent upon “traditional” literacy<br />Role of Technology<br />
  11. 11. If technology is used as a method to increase literacies, we need to expand our view of technology.<br />Revive audio as a delivery form<br />Explore games as learning<br />Unite what is learned online with what is enacted locally<br />Creatively engage in a variety of bandwidths<br />Not just desktop or videoconferencing<br />Text messaging, audiocasting for mobile phones<br />A Broad View of Tech<br />
  12. 12. While technologies may “collapse distance”, we still live in a particular place at a specific time<br />Balancing literacy educations to respect both the interconnectedness, and locality, of life is the challenge facing us today.<br />Near and Far<br />
  13. 13. New literacies bridge local and global knowledge and concerns<br />We already participate in some facets of this work<br />Is new literacy education consistent with our mission?<br />Challenges for Extension<br />
  14. 14. Paul Treadwell<br /><br />@ptreadwell<br /><br />Contact<br />