Wednesday, March 5, 2008

NCTE’s Definition of 21st Century Literacies

As an English teacher, I found this pretty interesting.  NCTE posted this on their website last month, and it was really rewarding for me to see this organization acknowledge that the needs of today's learners have changed.  Here is the link, if you want to see it for yourself, but I've pasted in their definition below.
"Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies—from reading online newspapers to participating in virtual classrooms—are multiple, dynamic, and malleable. As in the past, they are inextricably linked with particular histories, life possibilities and social trajectories of individuals and groups. Twenty-first century readers and writers need to

• Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
• Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and
• Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of
• Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous
• Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
• Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments"
Definitely food for thought . . .