New Literacies

Easily the greatest struggle that educators face in today’s day and age is properly preparing students for a future that is poorly defined yet rapidly changing. While we know that something must change, we simply cannot begin to imagine what those changes might look like. Thankfully, leading thinkers on teaching and learning are beginning to tackle this question in a very structured and systematic way. Will Richardson—widely recognized as one of America’s most progressive educational thinkers—worked to define the kinds of skills that would be necessary for students to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world. He wrote:
Our kids’ futures will require them to be:

•Networked– They’ll need an “outboard brain.”
More collaborative– They are going to need to work closely with people to co-create information.
More globally aware– Those collaborators may be anywhere in the world.
•Less dependent on paper– Right now, we are still paper training our kids.
More active– In just about every sense of the word. Physically. Socially. Politically.
Fluent in creating and consuming hypertext– Basic reading and writing skills will not suffice.
More connected– To their communities, to their environments, to the world.
Editors of information– Something we should have been teaching them all along but is even more important now.

Well, I agree. Any other thoughts?

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