NCTE position statement

I don’t follow NCTE too much, being an elementary teacher the IRA seems to always fit my needs a bit better, but they came out with a “definition of 21st century literacy” in 2008 that I just read.  As you can see, I’m a bit of a Johnny-come-lately to this digital literacy stuff.

http://www.ncte.org/positions/statements/21stcentdefinition

I’m particularly in love with this new literacy demand:

Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought

I tend to think of High School English as reading a novel and analyzing/evaluating it.  I know I’m painting high school English teachers with a dull, broad stroke and that they have innovated their teaching practices to reflect the new demands of digital literacy and connected reading and writing.  I just don’t get in their classrooms like I do elementary classes, so I don’t have first hand knowledge.  It seems amazing to me, though, that now students  need to read and “pose and solve problems collaboratively”.  I can’t help imagine the possibilities of these classes with all the new technology!

What do you think about this?  Is it missing anything?  Does it have anything in it that surprises you?  It was revised in 2013.  What did they change?

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