John Seely Brown will start off by presenting his position statement on the social life of learning in general, and specifically focusing on information literacy in the 21st century education. To be updated (JSB).
Leslie Johnston, will discuss the concept of multiple literacies: information, media, textual, visual, technical, and the importance of developing paradigms and standards to teach and foster the multiple literacies needed in an information technology-rich, multicultural, global society. This panelist will also address the issue of “generations” (Net Generation, Generation Digital, Digital Natives, etc.) and how this notion should or should not be incorporated into instruction.
The third panelist, Roberta I. Shaffer, will discuss the concept of global “Digizens” (Digital Citizen) who are increasingly “citizens of the world,” yet still approach information literacy through their particular cultural lenses. Cultural literacy is an impact factor in information literacy, and specifically, in 21st Century citizen/government relationships. Shaffer will address various aspects of cultural literacy which include ethical frameworks, legal systems, ethnographic diversity, social taboos, and linguistics.
Zorana Ercegovac will focus on different layers of knowing, or learning in order to make sense out of data deluge. She takes the perspective from her experiences with secondary school students, in particular, who (under a traditional educational paradigm) begin to learn by reading about (5Ws) rather than collaboratively doing and actively negotiating imaginative solutions to real-life problems. The traditional teaching and learning paradigm in today's schools will be contrasted with alternatives in reading, hearing, seeing, and experiencing, and sharing in multimedia environments.
Information Literacy for the 21st-century LEARNER (AASL, 2007) has incorporated many of these trends and came closer to ISTE's NETS for Student Standards. We need to look at possible intersections between the trends outlined above and best practices for synergies in our work. The panel will close with take-home message that might open more questions and comments.