New literacies, anyone?

Iowa Core

The Iowa Department of Education is soliciting feedback on the state’s literacy standards. Here’s the comment I left:

The Iowa Literacy Standards represent traditional, foundational conceptions of literacy. They do NOT reflect the 21st century literacy standards articulated by NCTE, however. Nor do they reflect digital and online multimedia literacies related to interactive media (see, e.g., the interactive storytelling and virtual reality narratives created by The New York Times), transmedia, augmented or virtual reality, and other evolving mechanisms for presenting information and conveying narratives. In short, the Iowa Literacy Standards do a decent job of articulating old literacies but not what the scholars call ‘new literacies.’ As such, we continue to prepare students for yesterday, not today and tomorrow…

And, no, the separate and thus non-integrated 21st century skills section of the Iowa Core is not enough.

One Response to “New literacies, anyone?”

  1. Good points, Scott. In Implementing PBL (a slim book about PBL trends), I look at several literacies that projects help to cultivate. Among them: data literacy, geospatial literacy, media literacy. In Leading the New Literacies, Heidi Hayes Jacobs offers three broad categories–digital, media, and global–as a way to think about fusing old and new learning goals.

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