Lesson 2.3: How can digital writing support standards for 21st century learners?


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  • To identify correlations between 21st century skills and digital writing.

Activate Prior Knowledge

Abubble2.png What skills are unique to 21st century learners? How do you think digital writing projects help students develop these skills?


According to the NCTE Framework for 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment, "As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the 21st century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies."

Consider the goals of the framework I have highlighted below. Think about your own students, instructional units, and curriculum as you read through the questions.

* How would you answer each one for your own school and classroom? *

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“The convergence of media and technology in a global culture is changing the way we learn about the world and challenging the very foundations of education. No longer is it enough to be able to read the printed word; children, youth, and adults, too, need the ability to both critically interpret the powerful images of a multimedia culture and express themselves in multiple media forms.” - Elizabeth Thoman and Tessa Jolls Media Literacy: A National Priority for a Changing World

“We must prepare young people for living in a world of powerful images, words and sounds.” UNESCO, 1982

Deepen Your Understanding


Now that you have completed lesson 3, revisit your understanding of the learning target. Consider what new understandings you now have, and develop your initial understandings based on the lesson materials.

What are the essential skills for 21st century learners? How can digital writing projects help students develop these skills?

References and Resources

Thoman, E., & Jolls, T. (2004). Media literacy—A national priority for a changing world. American Behavioral Scientist, 48(1), 18-29.

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