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Multiple Literacies & Web 2.0

ShaZam! Multiple Literacies in the 21st Century School Library

Research 101 (UW)

Research 101 is an interactive online tutorial for students wanting an introduction to research skills. The tutorial covers the basics, including how to select a topic and develop research questions, as well as how to select, search for, find, and evaluate information sources.

Research 101 is intended to help improve how you research, so you can tackle information problems anywhere. Research 101 is NOT a UW-specific help page with links for finding information; and it is NOT intended to replace meetings with your instructor or librarians.

AASL Learning for Life

Welcome to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database, a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

Users can search the database for lesson plans by learning standards and indicators, content topic, grade-level, resources used, type of lesson or schedule, keyword and much more. In addition, registered users can bookmark lesson plans in a portfolio for future use, rate and comment on lesson plans in the community, print to PDF and socially share lesson plans on the web, and create and publish their own lesson plans in the database.

Project SAILS

Project SAILS ® began in 2001 with the goal of developing a standardized test of information literacy skills that would allow libraries to document skill levels for groups of students and to pinpoint areas for improvement.

Project Information Literacy (UW)

Home: University of Washington's (UW) Information School (iSchool).
Goal:To understand how early adults conceptualize and operationalize research in the digital age.
Funding:During 2011, PIL's research is sponsored with generous gifts from Cengage Learning and Cable in the Classroom. Contributing funds from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to UW's iSchool also support PIL's ongoing work.
Research in Progress:During spring 2011, we are conducting a study about media multitasking and the "individualized information spaces" students create on the computing screens of their IT devices during "crunch time" (end of the term). Findings will be based on interviews with about 500 student participants at U.S. colleges and universities (see a map of the sample). A findings report from this new study will be released in fall 2011.
Co-Directors:Dr. Alison J. Head, Research Scientist, UW iSchool and Dr. Michael Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus and Professor, UW iSchool.

CORE - Information Literacy Tutorials

Noodle Tools Information Literacy (Debbie Abilock)

 21st Century Literacies

In Intelligence ReframedHoward Gardner contends that "literacies, skills, and disciplines ought to be pursued as tools that allow us to enhance our understanding of important questions, topics, and themes." Today's readers become literate by learning to read the words and symbols in today's world and its antecedents. They analyze, compare, evaluate and interpret multiple representations from a variety of disciplines and subjects, including texts, photographs, artwork, and data. They learn to choose and modify their own communication based on therhetorical situationPoint of view is created by the reader, the audience and the medium.

Basic Language Literacy

Visual Literacy

Spatial Literacy

Historical Literacy

Cultural Literacy

Information Literacy

Political Literacy and News Media Literacy

Scientific Literacy

Mathematical Literacy

21st Century Fluency Project

The 21st Century Fluency Project

A collaborative initiative created to develop exceptional educational resources
to assist in transforming learning to be relevant to life in the 21st century.

The 21st Century Fluency Project is all about change. In today's world we face technological applications in daily living the likes of which, even a few short years ago, would have been inconceivable. This is a digital age, with interactive devices storing and recording our life experience and containing overwhelming amounts of knowledge. This has become the essence of life in the 21st Century, but more specifically the lives of our children. As students, they have a whole new way of thinking and learning that many educators are unable to understand, and that most schools are unable to accommodate. That's where we come in.

The 21st Century Fluency Project is a collaborative initiative that was created to develop exceptional educational resources to assist in transforming learning to be relevant to life in the 21st century. Our mission is simple - to instill awareness of the importance of the change that is happening today, to help educators understand the need to "catch up" to today's students by re-evaluating current instructional and assessment methods, and to provide guidance in how to make change a beneficial thing for both student and teacher.

Change is necessary, to be sure. Unfortunately it can be a difficult concept to grasp, and even more so to put in motion. With this in mind, we're proud to present several resources to help with the challenge of change, from books and handouts to video to a series of interactive curriculum integration kits. All these tools are designed to accompany you in your journey forward as you gain a better understanding of what's happening in our digital world.


Center for Media Literacy

The Center for Media Literacy (CML) is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally and internationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture.

Partnership for 21st Century Learning Skills

PBS Teachers Digital Media Literacy Resources

Digital media content and tools provide educators and students with tremendous opportunities to be media creators as well as media consumers. How do you help your students understand the ethics and etiquette of this landscape? How savvy are you about integrating media production projects into your work with students? We've gathered a range of resources and references on these topics and more to help you foster digital media literacy in your classroom.

Transliteracy Group

Transliteracy is the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks.

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