In this recent talk for Reboot Britain (July 09) Howard talks about five critical 21st century literacies. Need a good boost for your brain (or a self-directive cont. education experiences) take 40 minutes to watch, or listen to Howard.
Taken from Howard Reingold’s talk (July 2009)
Howard Rheingold's 21st century literacies:
- Attention- knowing how to focus and how to divide your attention without losing the ability to concentrate. It’s more than multitasking; it’s learning how to exercise attention.
- Participation- particularly the more constructive modes of participation that are useful to others
- Collaboration- being ready to organize together, and enable a collective response to emerge
- Critical consumption-aka “crap detection” the ability to spot bad info from good.
- Network awareness- the combination of reputation, social capital, “presentation of self” and other sensitivity to individual positioning within the network collective.
Here's two other tidbits I gathered from his talk:
Literacies = skills + community
Fluency means being able to master these five literacies together.
Important stuff and a good jumping off point for a discussion in libraries and/or education. How do we support the development of these new, and different kind of literacies? How can our services evolve to enable greater participation, collaboration and encourage critical consumption?