The Learning Renaissance

Literacies for the 21st Century

A recent post concerned the concept of ‘illusterate’ – a term coined by former colleague David Close to mean those without and illustrative acuity.

The concept of literacy when applied to the 21st century has been stretched to accommodate a range of new concepts and contexts. A recent post by ETML highlighted some books dealing with the expanding literacies in which 21st century learners will need to be fluent.

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Buy: New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning by Colin Lankshear and Michele Knobel
Buy: The New Literacies: Multiple Perspectives on Research and Practice by Elizabeth A Baker EdD (Editor), Donald J Leu (Foreword)
Buy: A New Literacies Reader: Educational Perspectives (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies) by Colin Lankshear (Editor), Michele Knobel (Editor)
Buy: What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media by Scott McLeod (Editor), Chris Lehmann (Editor), David F Warlick (Foreword)
Buy: Literacy in the New Media Age (Literacies) by Gunther Kress (Author)
Buy: Teaching with the Internet K-12: New Literacies for New Times Donald J Leu Jr, Deborah Diadiun Leu and Julie Coiro
Buy: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century by Henry Jenkins (Author), Ravi Purushotma (Contributor), Margaret Weigel (Contributor), Katie Clinton (Contributor), Alice J Robison (Contributor)
Buy: Handbook of Research on New Literacies by Julie Coiro (Editor), Michele Knobel (Editor), Colin Lankshear (Editor), Donald J Leu (Editor)
Buy: New Literacies In Action: Teaching And Learning In Multiple Media by William Kist (Author)
Buy: The Anti-Education Era: Creating Smarter Students through Digital Learning by James Paul Gee

Via ETML: 10 Must Read Books on The 21st Century Literacies

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I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world. My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.

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