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use exemption of
This presentation seeks to

Literacy &
the U.S. Copyright
expand what it means to be
Law and restricted literate, when information
from further use. is increasingly:

Learning • Net worked,


• Digital, and
• Abundant

The illiterate of
for the 21st Redefining
the 21st century
will not be those CenturyLiteracy for the
who cannot read
and write, but New Information
those who cannot
learn, unlearn, Landscape
and relearn.

-- Alvin Toffler
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Preparing a Workforce
that could work...
• In straight rows
• Performing repetitive tasks
• Under close supervision
The purpose of education was
different in the industrial age.
Its job was to prepare you for the
rest of your life. Today,
education should prepare you
with the skills you will need to
keep re-preparing yourself.

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So much about the information
age work place did not exist
only 20 years ago. So much of
it will be replace 10 years from
now -- by tools and processes
we can’t even imagine today.

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We’ve lived in
unpredictable times
for quite a while. The

For the first time in history difference today is


that things are
changing so fast,
that we know, now,
Our job as educators that we can’t predict
the future of our
children.
Is to prepare our children
For a future
That We can not clearly describe.

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Literacy as We Know It

So if teaching children to

R
teach themselves is what we
need to do, then literacy is
perhaps the best way to go?

But who’s literacy? ;-)


Reading
Riting

Rithmetic
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In a world where a
Wikipedia

Reading Text
flourishes and
biased content
becomes the rule,

E
reading is no
longer enough.

Expands into

Exposing
What’s True
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Each of these
skills, and more,
are as critical

• Find the Information,


today as being
able to read text

E
from a piece of
paper.

• Decode it,
• Critically Evaluate it, and
• Organize it into personal
digital libraries.

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When all

Arithmetic
information is made
of numbers, being
able to calculate
values on a piece of

E
paper is no longer
engouh for students
to master.
Expands into

Employing
Information
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Anderson, Chris. "The Long Tail." WIRED Magazine Oct 2004. 17 Mar 2005
<http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.10/tail.html>.

E The long tail means


that anyone can
publish to a global
audience. We all
have something to
teach or a story to
tell. The question
is, can they
compellingly tell
their story.

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More than 200
sets of
Encyclopedia
Britannica in
We’re not producing this capacity to
communicate for the sake of words and less than a
numbers alone.
minute.
We’re producing this capacity to
communicate, because we know that in the ...or hours of
21st century, we’re going to be
communicating with images, sound, video, DVD-quality
audio, and conversation.
video

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To deliver a

Writing message today, it


must compete for
the attention of
its audience.

E
Expands into

Expressing
Ideas
Compellingly
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Expanding our Notions of
what it is to be Literate

E • Exposing What is True


• Employing Information
• Expressing Ideas Compellingly

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Jennings, Richi. “Spam
and Other Email Threats:
Market and Technology
Spam
Update.” Ferris Research.
8 Jun 2007. Ferris
Research. 9 Jun 2007
• ..cost the world $50 billion dollars in

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<http://www.ferris.com/>.
2005 (U.S. $19b).

• Expected to double in 2007 (U.S.


$35b).
Kerr, Roger. “Hard-

According to the
Hedaded Spending
Decisions not Cold-

Copenhagen Consensus
Hearted.”
BusinessROUNDTABLE. 2
Jul 2004. New Zealand
Business Roundtable. 9


Jun 2007 <http://
www.nzbr.org.nz/
documents/articles/
We could bring HIV/AIDS under control
articles-2004/040702Copen
hagen.htm> for $27 billion.
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Ethics

E If we are teaching these


prevailing information
skills and not teaching
students to use them
ethically, then we’re
going to have a hill of
problems.
Ethics
Ethics

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Stop integrating

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technology,
...and instead, redefine
literacy, and integrate that.
If we can integrate contemporary literacy,
then the technology will come along, not
because we’re convinced it makes our
students smarter, but because it’s the pencil
and paper of our time.
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This is where we
need to be,
Where it’s the
information we are
focused on, not the
technologies.

We see
Technology
He sees
Information

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It’s Not just
Literacy…

It’s learning-Literacy

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It’s Not just
Literacy skills…

It’s Literacy
Habits

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It’s Not just
Lifelong
Learning…
It’s Learning
Lifestyle.

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Thank You!

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