The 11 Skills Underlying 21st Century New Literacies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The second major shift emerges with the uptake of the social networking sites and participatory technologies. Now, we no longer talk about a single literacy but multiple literacies. Literacies take many forms and encompass a varied body of social skills and cultural competencies. In their popular white paper “Confronting The Challenges of Participatory Cultures” Jenkins et al talked at length  about the development of these new literacies and how they come to shape the new learning forms that take place in the virtual space. According to Jenkins et al, these new literacies involve several social skills that are developed through collaboration and networking.


This overview article lists 11 literacy skills that resonate with me. As an online educator they all apply to my work. However the three that most closely describe the program I work in are:

6- Distributed cognition:
The ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities.

7- Collective intelligence:
The ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal.

10- Networking
The ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information.

I learn by teaching. My life as an educator has prepared me to be 21st Century Literate.   


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