21st Century Literacies: The Challenge, The Opportunity, The Tools. What now?

"As little as we know about the future for which we are preparing our students, it is clear that it will be a place that is governed by information. Accessing, processing, building with, and communicating that information is how we will all make our livings.

Being literate in this future will certainly involve the ability to read, write, and do basic math. However, the concept of literacy in the 21st century will be far richer and more comprehensive than the 3 Rs of the one room school house, a legacy that still strongly influences today's education environment." -David Warlick

We are exploring:

  • the changing nature of information and communication literacy

  • a view of ways teachers and students are using websites, blogs, podcasts, video-on-demand, video conferencing and similar tools to create engaging, content enriched opportunities for students

  • the implications of these changes for our teaching and classroom practice

My name is Roger Sevilla and I live in upstate NY near Syracuse. I've worked as a technology integration staff developer with the Ithaca City School District for over 20 years. Prior to that I taught graphic communications, digital media and computer drafting at Ithaca High School for 5 years. In the early 1990's, I started a video production/media literacy class teaching students how to produce video and media messages that were shared on our local Public Access channel in Ithaca, NY. I also work for Project Look Sharp, a media literacy initiative at Ithaca College, as Technology Integration Coordinator.

I'm interested in all aspects of educational technology but have been very intrigued with the notion of 21st Century literacies, an expanded definition of literacy, and all of the new information and communication technologies which have developed as a result of the Web 2.0 movement. The ability to differentiate instruction, engage all learners and create global learning communities is very exciting. Issues of internet/information credibility, safety and ethics, and digital citizenry require new understandings and skills as well as mechanisms to continuously embed experiences in all students' lives.

Changing Literacies Powerpoint

•New Literacies Research Team Handouts - UConn
•IMSA 21st Century Information Fluency Portal
•Reading Online New Literacies Section
•Youth Cultures and New Technologies