Re-Booting the Basics: Exploring Contemporary Literacy

Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century

Digital Content / New LiteracyAs little as we know about the future, for which we are preparing our children, it is clear that it will be a place that is governed by information. Accessing, processing, building with, and communicating that information will be a major part of our daily occupational, professional, and personal work and play.

Being literate in this future will certainly involve the ability to read, write, and work with numbers. However, the concept of literacy — “the basics” — in an information-governed technology-rich world will be far richer and more comprehensive than the 3Rs that continue to define schooling for many. This enlightening and thought-provoking address will describe how our notions of literacy must expand to harness a rapidly changing information landscape where content and knowledge are increasingly networked, digital, and overwhelming.

Join 33-year educator, David Warlick, as he explores this new information landscape and prepare to be on the edges of your seats.

Alternative Titles

  • Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century
  • Contemporary Literacy in the New Information Landscape

This session is usually delivered as a keynote address. I have also presented it as a three-hour workshop showing many examples and justifications for a new model for contemporary literacy

Image Citation:
Davies, Kim. “Microsoft Surface Photo Organizer.” KJD’s Photostream. 9 Jun 2007. 16 Mar 2008 .

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