LITERACIES IN THE CLASSROOM:
These literacies can develop at different rates for each person. A person·s technological growth into a 21
Century Literate person, requires great education. As classroom teachers, it is our responsibility to teach our students the skills necessary to be successful in the world they will face after their formal education is done.Throughout a child·s formal school career, they are exposed to all of the skills necessary to become a 21
Century Literate person. Below is a brief summary of how these skills are taught in the school setting.
In Kindergarten, children are introduced to more formal computer procedures andinformation than they have been in the home setting. Children are taught the correct names for the parts ofthe computer and how to drag, click, scroll, and right click. They learn how to access desktop programs andgain access to the internet for the use of educational games. Children are also able to access their classroomwebsite to try games, look at pictures, and read about the weekly classroom news.
In the Primary grades, students are expected to be able to access the internet and do aweb search in order to gain information about a broad topic (EX: dogs, flowers, weather). Children areencouraged to look for questions to a series of questions through the use of a teacher created web-quest.
In the Primary and Upper Elementary grades, students are expected to do more researchonline and create digital documents. Children are typing up their stories and using the internet to downloadgraphs and pictures to use in their writings. Students are learning to discriminate between reliable and non-reliable sources.
In the Primary and Upper Elementary grades, students are learning how to take their informationand data and manipulate it so that they may create their own interpretation. This is a powerful skill for studentsto have as they prepare for the leap to Middle School and the digital expectations present there.