NCTE Move Toward a Definition of 21st Century Literacies

I have seen these posted on a few other blogs (here and here) and I believe our learning community needs to take a look at them. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Executive Committee has adopted the following:

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 thepast, 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 cross-culturally
• Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
• Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of
simultaneous information
• Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
• Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

I had someone ask me the other day about having my thoughts stuck too far into the future. I fumbled with an answer for them at the time, but now have a response…My thoughts are not stuck in the future, education is stuck in the past!

2 thoughts on “NCTE Move Toward a Definition of 21st Century Literacies

  1. This year more than any other, I have found myself really looking at what I do, and it was nice to see that NCTE is endorsing the initiatives that Mr. Meister has been talking about. Students should be challenged to work with many technological tools, they should have to work with others as they will have to have this skill refined when they get into the “real world,” whatever that is to them, they should have to anaylze many texts and know how to cite them appropriately. How nice it is to know that we are not spinning our wheels here, working towards these goals.

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