Resources and tools for 21 st century teachers and learners

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Introduction to 21st Century Literacy

Resources and tools for 21st century teachers and learnersIntroduction to 21st Century LiteracyTheories of 21st Century LiteracyResources Thinking, sharing and reflectingTools for 21st century teachers and learnersAGNEDAThe emerging information and learning society requires the building of learning societies and learning communities Recent political and socio-economic transformations have caused the evolvement of the literacy concept into a more complex notion of literacy. Within the plurality of literacies, fundamental changes of attitudes of entire societies towards literacy and learning are increasingly important. What is 21st C. Literacy?A literate environment is more than the presence of written materials, it also requires opportunities to use and further develop literacy related skills and competencies in all kind of situations and contexts. Furthermore it includes the availability of continuing education. Exclusion and discrimination continue to contribute to pockets of illiteracy, even within developed countries. The making of literate societies is one of the crucial challenges of the 21st Century. -UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning(http://www.unesco.org/uil/en/themareas/literacy_at_uil.htm)ContdMedia and information literacy may be summed up as being centred on five core competencies, referred to as the 5Cs: Comprehension, Critical thinking, Creativity, Cross-cultural awareness and Citizenship.UNESCO: Teacher Training Curricula For Media and Information Literacy

ContdSeveral factors are precipitating a need for critical and coherent study of media and information literacy as part of the school curriculum. Those factors include:the proliferation of global telecommunications and media organizationsa consequent exponential increase in media texts and messages (of varying authority, purpose, currency and accuracy)the controls (overt and/or subtle) exerted on access to, and availability of, those texts and messages to citizensthe impact of media and information on society as a whole and on youth in particular UNESCO: Teacher Training Curricula For Media and Information LiteracyWhy is 21st C. Lit. an Emerging Issue?View Did You Know 3.0increase in opportunities for interaction within communities and beyond cultural boundaries via the mediaincreasing availability of mass media tools is creating a new environment that is changing the cognitive and affective setting for intellectual and cultural growth of young peopleMass media tools influence young peoples work, leisure and personal relationshipssocial and political imperatives for improving education and basic literacy are being amplified by the demands and opportunities of the new media21st C. Lit. and the worldyouth may have little understanding of their own or the ethical responsibilities of othersthey expect to get information, news and entertainment when they want it and to share opinions, experiences and lifestyles through social networking sitesTheir world is dynamic, exciting, and ease of use and access to the new media are highly motivating of participation21st C. Lit. and Studentsteachers focus on engaging critically with information, developing analytical, organizational and evaluative skills, problem solving and communicationlearning about, with and through media and information literacy will require a pedagogical approach student- rather than teacher-centred and resource-based rather than centred on set texts UNESCO: Teacher Training Curricula For Media and Information Literacy

21st C. Lit. and TeachingMECY LwICTCreative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Ethical/Responsible UseWhat does this look like in your school? Your classroom?Centre for Media Literacy DocumentNew ways of learning, What a difference a Century makes, Why media lit. is important, Essential questions for teachersDiscussion topics