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Technology and 21st Century Literacy Skills

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Overview / Abstract:

Do your students have the “new literacy” skills they need for today’s information-rich world? This course gives you the opportunity to explore how multimedia and the Internet can support inquiry-based learning, as well as foster collaborative problem solving, communication, and critical thinking in your students. Acquire the strategies to strengthen your students’ learning through technology, while enhancing your own technical knowledge.

Teaching Tangibles
Evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses in 21st century literacy skills.
Discover how to embed these “new literacy” skills into your content-area lessons.
Align "new literacy" skills with your content-area standards.
Create an inquiry-based unit plan for evaluating and synthesizing Internet resources.
Conduct your own inquiry-based project to explore “new literacy” skills.
Evaluate the effectiveness of your school or district’s Internet policies.


Oct 16, 2020


Education (K-12)





Credits / Hours

3 semester hours

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Sara Armstrong, Ph.D.

Dr. Sara Armstrong is an associate of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development and serves on the board of directors of the Global SchoolNet Foundation, the Center for Accessible Technology, and the River School Advisory Councils. She consults on professional development and project-based learning in schools around the United States, as well as with the MY HERO Project, the Buck Institute for Education, CUE (Computer-Using Educators, Inc.), Lake Washington School District, and Technology & Learning. Dr. Armstrong is writing a book on project-based learning in the elementary classroom for the Buck Institute.

Chris Dede, Ph.D.

Dr. Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. Dr. Dede's fundamental interest is the expanded human capabilities for knowledge creation, sharing, and mastery that emerging technologies enable. His research spans emerging technologies for learning, infusing technology into large-scale educational improvement initiatives, policy formulation and analysis, and leadership in educational innovation. He also is active in policy initiatives, including creating a widely used State Policy Framework for Assessing Educational Technology Implementation and studying the potential of developing a scalability index for educational innovations.

David Thornburg, Ph.D.

Dr. Thornburg is an award-winning author, researcher, and speaker who has been called “the premier futurist in education.” He is the director of the Thornburg Center for Professional Development and a senior fellow of the Congressional Institute for the Future. Through his live presentations, articles, and PBS Internet broadcasts, he reaches hundreds of thousands of educators worldwide every year. Dr. Thornburg is the author of numerous articles and books, including Brainstorms and Lightning Bolts, Campfires in Cyberspace, and Putting the Web to Work.

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