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


  • 1.21st Century Literacies
    Re-defining basic educational goals for a globalized world.
    Paul Treadwell, March 2011

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)
Why Talk About Literacy?
3. New literacies for a new world:
Technology is becoming increasingly pervasive
Webs of interconnection are being woven around the world
What happens in Egypt affects what happens here
Distance is contracting, and expanding, at the same time
Expanding Literacies
4. If we accept the definition of literacy as:
(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)
Fluency in multiple literacies becomes an essential need for survival in the 21st century.
Being Literate
5. New Literacies encompass a range of learning:
+ Civic
Todays Literacies
6. Currently in New York State 24% of adults fall below basic (traditional) literacy achievement.
Given that, how do we embrace all the other literacies as important?
Are literacies stacked, or overlapping?
Literate Necessities
7. Providing educational programming to support the development of these literacies is golden
Pardon me, couldnt resist.
It is also a challenge who among us is MIDAS+ literate?
The MIDAS+ Touch
8. If we accept the challenge of a redefined suite of literacies, what does that imply?
Integration of these elements into existing programs
Exploring new programming to fill in gaps
Partnering in new ways
Making skillful use of technology
Start where people are
9. Not to get too philosophical but:
Some literacies are meta literacies
Supporting the development of other literacies
We cant teach what we dont know
The Meta Level
10. Technology can be a meta literacy
It can support efforts to educate
It, in itself, demands a literacy of its users
Interlocks with and is dependent upon traditional literacy
Role of Technology
11. If technology is used as a method to increase literacies, we need to expand our view of technology.
Revive audio as a delivery form
Explore games as learning
Unite what is learned online with what is enacted locally
Creatively engage in a variety of bandwidths
Not just desktop or videoconferencing
Text messaging, audiocasting for mobile phones
A Broad View of Tech
12. While technologies may collapse distance, we still live in a particular place at a specific time
Balancing literacy educations to respect both the interconnectedness, and locality, of life is the challenge facing us today.
Near and Far
13. New literacies bridge local and global knowledge and concerns
We already participate in some facets of this work
Is new literacy education consistent with our mission?
Challenges for Extension
14. Paul Treadwell


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