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New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

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New Literacies and 21st-Century Technologies

Grades K – 12
Type Position Statement
Published May 2009
Publisher International Literacy Association



To become fully literate in today's world, students must become proficient in the new literacies of 21st-century technologies. IRA believes that literacy educators have a responsibility to integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) into the curriculum, to prepare students for the futures they deserve. We believe further that students have the right to

  • Teachers who use ICTs skillfully for teaching and learning
  • Peers who use ICTs responsibly and who share their knowledge
  • A literacy curriculum that offers opportunities for collaboration with peers around the world
  • Instruction that embeds critical and culturally sensitive thinking into practice
  • Standards and assessments that include new literacies
  • Leaders and policymakers who are committed advocates of ICTs for teaching and learning
  • Equal access to ICTs

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