The New Literacies

Collection of resources to guide the design and creation of learning and teaching with the new literacies in mind... creating "New Learning Ecologies" that are participatory, distributed and collaborative.


  1. "Literacies are bound up with social, institutional and cultural relationships, and can only be understood when they are situated with their social, cultural and historical contexts (Gee, Hull, & Lankshear, 1996, xii)".

    "Texts are integral parts of innumerable, everyday 'lived, talked, enacted, value + belief-laden practices that are carried out in specific places and at specific times (Gee et al, 1996, p. 3)".

    "Literacy has extended its semantic reach from meaning 'the ability to read and write' to 'the ability to understand information however presented, multi-mediated nature of digital information'. Being digitally literate involves being skilled at deciphering complex images and sounds as well as the syntactical subtleties of words. Digitally literate people are quick on their feet in moving from one kind of medium to another... knowing what kinds of expression fits what kinds of knowledge and they become skilled at presenting information in the medium that their audience will find easiest to understand (Lanham, 1995, p. 200)".
  2. Click on the link below to access Blackboard Collaborate Recording of Marc Prensky speaking about "Digital Wisdom" 
  3. Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society: An Educator's Guide to the "Four C's"
  4. Research: Focus on New Literacies
  5. "We live in exciting times.  Advances in the design of multimedia technologies are allowing for a future where teaching and learning can be designed from the outset to be flexible enough to adapt to individual differences (Rose and Gravel, 2012). In a transformed education system, this speaks to innovative teaching practices and innovative learning  environments." ( from Destination Innovation Blog-- see link below)