Networked Literacy

Take time to read Jeff Utecht’s thoughtful post from ISTE 2010 about networked literacy.   Jeff’s working definition of networked literacy:

Networked literacy is what the web is about. It’s about understanding how people and communication networks work. It’s the understanding of how to find information and how to be found. It’s about how to read hyperlinked text articles, and understand the connections that are made when you become “friends” or “follow” someone on a network. It’s the understanding of how to stay safe and how to use the networked knowledge that is the World Wide Web. Networked Literacy is about understanding connections.

You can read the rest of Jeff’s thoughts on networked literacy by visiting his post; stay tuned for additional posts that will be forthcoming in the next few days from #iste10.

Transliteracy as a Blueberry Smoothie

[tweetmeme source=”librarianbyday” only_single=false]Brian put together a great video with a “real world” definition and demonstration of transliteracy.

also, yum! 🙂

21st Century Fluencies Project

The 21st Century Fluencies Project is a for-profit effort focusing on 21st century skills.

This resource is the collaborative effort of a group of experienced educators and entrepreneurs who have united to share their experience and ideas, and create a project geared toward making learning relevant to life in our new digital age. Our purpose is to develop exceptional resources to assist in transforming learning to be relevant to life in the 21st Century.

It defines five fluencies for the digital citizen:

  1. information fluency
  2. media fluency
  3. collaboration fluency
  4. creativity fluency
  5. solution fluency

These vary from the other standards we’ve seen outlined.  I am intrigued by the idea of calling them fluencies versus skills, and I think the distinction is correct.

The 21st Century Fluencies are not about technical prowess, they are critical thinking skills, and they are essential to living in this multimedia world. We call them fluencies for a reason. To be literate means to have knowledge or competence. To be fluent is something a little more, it is to demonstrate mastery and to do so unconsciously and smoothly.

There are some useful resources on the site including links and handouts

One of my goals for this blog is to bring together all of the different organizations, groups, institutions that are defining the new literacies.  There are so many different definitions under so many different names.

I discovered this project via this blog post Ushering in Transliteracy?

Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies

Although full preview is not available, I believe enough of the chapter, “Transliteracy as a Unifying Perspective” is available to give a reader the essence of the full chapter text; you may access the chapter preview by clicking on the Google Book preview of Handbook of Research on Social Software and Developing Community Ontologies.

From the chapter abstract:

Transliteracy might provide a unifying perspective on what it means to be literate in the 21st Century. It is not a new behaviour but has been identified as a working concept since the internet generated new ways of thinking about human communication. This chapter defines transliteracy as “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” and opens the debate with examples from history, orality, philosophy, literature, ethnography and education. The authors invite responses, expansion, and development. See also

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What is Transliteracy?

[tweetmeme source=”librarianbyday” only_single=false]I attempt to answer some questions about transliteracy including what is it, in my Librarian by Day blog post – Defining Transliteracy

I have been asked this question many times by librarians so I am way overdue for this post.

Most recently I was asked “….are librarians the people best equipped to define and interpret transliteracy (as opposed to say cognitive scientists, anthropologists, or critical theorists).” This is a modified version of my original answer.

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