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21st Century Literacy

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What a Difference a Century Makes!

excerpt from Literacy for the 21st Century (page 10)


19th-20th Century Learning 21st Century Learning

Limited access to knowledge and information

(i.e.‘content’) primarily through print


Infinite access to knowledge and information

(‘content’) increasingly through the Internet


Emphasis on learning content knowledge that

may or may not be used in life

Emphasis on process skills for lifelong


Goal is to master content knowledge (literature,


history, science, etc)


Goal is to learn skills (access, analyze,

evaluate, create) to solve problems

Facts and information are “spoon-fed” by


teachers to students


Teachers use discovery, inquiry-based



Print-based information analysis


Multi-media information analysis

Pencil / pen and paper or word processing for



Powerful multi-media technology tools for


 Classroom-limited learning and dissemination

World-wide learning and dissemination

 Textbook learning from one source, primarily

Real-world, real-time learning from multiple

sources, mostly visual and electronic

 Conceptual learning on individual basis


Project-based learning on team basis

“Lock-step” age-based exposure to content


Flexible individualized exposure to content


Mastery demonstrated through papers and tests

Mastery demonstrated through multi-media

 Teacher selecting and lecturing

Teacher framing and guiding

Teacher evaluates and assesses work and

assigns grade

Students learn to set criteria and to evaluate

own work

Teaching with state-adopted textbooks for

subject area with little accountability for


Teaching to state education standards with

testing for accountability.



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