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Published by: ehelfant on Dec 26, 2008
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PLPEmerging Literacies (from previous meetings)Basic Literacy
(3Rs+ rigor + technology basics + disciplined mind)Basic Literacy has also been around for awhile. It covers teaching the foundational skillsstudents need and developing Gardner’s disciplined minds.It does not necessarily prescribe a canon of content beyond that which is necessary toallow students to acquire the skills needed to communicate and read; to developnumeracy, scientific, and economic literacy; and to be proficient manipulating electronicdevices. (Yes, I’m wrapping technological literacy into basic literacy as it has become a basic skill and shouldn’t be thought of as an added skill to address but as a fundamentalskill that is essential to success.)
Visual/Media Literacy
Just look around you - the recent election, the case for global warming or energyalternatives, the move to green - everywhere we are bombarded by messages rangingfrom subtle to overwhelmingly persuasive. All need to be viewed with a critical eye thatseeks to discern truth and bias, innuendo and allusion, and fact from fiction. In thereverse, how can I select an image, series of images, video, or music that willappropriately convey my message? This expands our responsibility from teach students tounderstand and produce the types of documents the printing press made public to acompulsory obligation to teach student to understand and produce the wide range of communication formats that the computer makes possible.
Information Literacy
In a world where information is being created at an exponentially increasing rate,students need to learn how to manage it - to evaluate its integrity, to respect it as property,to detect the bias inherent in much of it, and to create with it. Students should becomediscriminate consumers, creative producers, and scholarly researchers. They have awealth of information at their fingertips must learn to access it and construct meaningfrom it. We cannot teach them what they need to know for jobs and processes that aren’tyet a reality. We can only prepare them to learn how to first ask the right questions andthen to construct the right answers.
Intercultural Literacy
(Global/Cultural Awareness)Students need to understand, appreciate, and respect differences in perspectives that are based on culture. They can develop this to some extent in humanities courses that exposethem through art, history, and literature to other cultures. They will not become literatewithout exposure to other people and technology certainly affords us the opportunity tomake synchronous and asynchronous connections.
Citizenship and Ethical Literacy
(Digital Citizenship)Our immediate spheres of influence are much wider now and potentially transcend whatwere once cultural barriers. The six degrees of separation is more rapidly unveiled. Theability to collectively interact, create, publish, connect, organize, and promote has never  been greater. Students must understand what the appropriate barriers are for personalsafety and global collaboration. They must understand what the implications of their digital footprint might be, regardless of whether or not they wore the shoe that created thefootprint. They must nurture their online identity.
Network Literacy
(includes communication and collaboration in a flat world)In today’s networked world , students and teachers have the ability to create a learningnetwork. They understand this power when framed in the context of a social network,largely because of the impact facebook has had in teen culture. It is our job to show themthe power of networking for learning and to leverage that same power in our own professional learning. It is this literacy that requires a certain proficiency in all the other literacies as it situates learning in a global, interconnected web that understands that theintelligence of many, when properly engaged and directed, can be harnessed to doincredible things.
Habits of Mind Literacy
(or is this just thinking)This literacy is the one that we claim we always teach. It includes critical thinking, persistence, risk-taking, creativity, all the ideals that an independent learner would possess. There are two slightly different schools of thought on Habits of Mind. I interpretCosta and Kallick’s philosophy to be slightly stronger on the importance of metacognition while Sizer and Meier’s framework invokes more of a sense of understanding community and acting with ethical behavior. (I think Pink would likeSizer/Meier while Friedman would gravitate to Costa/Kallick but that’s just a fun littlesupposition on my part.) Collectively, they describe the behaviors that are needed infuture thinkers and learners. While we have always tried to teach these, technologyallows me to make their acquisition more transparent and provides a tool around while acreative and engaging curriculum can be built. Carol Dweck offers some good readinghere too with her thinking on the growth mindset.

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