This page is devoted to exploring questions such as:
  • What does it mean to be literate in the 21st Century?
  • How are trends in the development and use of emerging technologies impacting the ways in which students work, play, live, and learn?
  • In what ways might these trends influence the literacy skills that students need to thrive in 21st Century communities?
  • How can teachers design learning environments and experiences that will systematically develop students' skills with multiple literacies?

Group Facilitators: Cindy Kendall, MI; Cherice Montgomery, MI; Marcia Rosenbusch, IA

More readings and activities coming soon!


Armstrong, Sara, & Warlick, David. (2004, September). The new literacy. Techlearning. Retrieved June 21, 2005, from

Alvermann, Donna E., & Heron, Alison H. (2001). Literacy identity work: Playing to learn with popular media. Retrieved April 30, 2005, from

Burbules, Nicholas C., & Callister Jr., Thomas A. (2000). Watch IT: The risks and promises of information technologies for education. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. ISBN 0-8133-9082-6. An intriguing look at the subtle implications that new technologies have for education, teaching, and learning. The book explores issues of access, credibility, hyperreading, critical evaluation, censorship, surveillance and privacy, commercialization, and community building and discusses how these 21st Century literacies will influence what it means to provide socially just and ethically responsible education to 21st Century learners. The book has profound implications for curriculum and instruction.

Gee, James. (n.d.). The new literacy studies and the "social turn." Retrieved June 21, 2005, from

Leu, Jr., Donald J., Kinzer, Charles K., Coiro, Julie L., & Cammack, Dana W. (2004). Toward a theory of new literacies emerging from the internet and other information and communication technologies. Theoretical Models and Processes of Reading, (5th ed.). International Reading Assocation. Retrieved June 21, 2005, from

Sankey, Michael D. (2002, September). Considering visual literacy when designing instruction. E-journal of Instructional Science & Technology, 5. Retrieved May 2, 2005, from

Wilhelm, Jeff. (2000, March). Literacy by design: Why is all this technology so important anyhow? Voices from the Middle, 7(3), pp. 4-14.
An intriguing article that makes a compelling case for why teachers should consider making space for alternative writing places, spaces, and tools in 21st Century classrooms. He also outlines the benefits of using design-based curricula with students.


Center for Media Literacy - A phenomenal site filled with resources for teachers regarding the theory, practice, and implementation of an effective media literacy curriculum. Be sure to download the Media Lit Kit materials and posters for free (and note that they are all available in Spanish too).

Literacy - Cherice's most recent bookmarks on the subject

Literacy for the 21st Century Language Learner - This electronic newsletter from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center will connect you to ideas, information, and materials that will help you to consider multiple literacies as you plan curricular units. - chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

The Media History Project - A rich site that traces the history of various media-related fields and technologies via timelines, resource collections, and lists of links.

21st Century Literacies - Cherice's most recent bookmarks on the subject

Twenty-first Century Technologies: Tools for Transforming Language Teaching & Learning - This electronic newsletter from the National K-12 Foreign Language Resource Center contains a wealth of links to practical ideas, resources, and materials for enriching your instruction with free, emerging technologies. - chericem1 external image chericem1-sm.jpg

Technological Tools for Supporting 21st Century Literacies

Cool Tech Tools - A regularly updated list of free, online tech tools from Cherice's TeensNTech wiki that can be used to support the development of multiple literacies in students.