Twenty-First Literacies


Today I took part in an online presentation given by Troy Hicks who has written three books which you can find at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or Stenhouse. It was awesome in that it outlined the 21st literacies that are not emphasized in the Common Core but are the essence of what is required of learning to reach the goals of the Common Core. These digital literacies includes web-based writing which includes blogs, wikis, and web pages; digital presentations, audio text presentations, video text presentations, and social media presentations. This is a book for all educators as teachers and learners in a global community. As we open access of education to all learners, we must help students create in deliberate ways. Think of the students addressing your topic through creations of their own, links of their own, which add to their narratives, their voice, and their opinions with direct evidence from the text you select as well as from the text they select. This is education that offers meaning studies for all. The open education perspective must allow multiple types of devices, in ways that allow learning to take place beyond the traditional boundaries.

Open House

by Cleo V. Swarat

I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care.

One was a teacher:
the tools she used were books and music and art;
One was a parent
With a guiding hand and gentle loving heart.

And when at last their work was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had worked into the child
Could never be sold or bought!

And each agreed she would have failed
if she had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school,
and behind the teacher stood the home!