Welcome to 21st Century Literacy, Learning, and Education

Welcome to 21st century Literacy in education

What is the Definition of 21st Century Literacy?

What are the prerequisites and how does it change education?

21st Century Teaching/Classroom Resources


21st Century Literacy

Students and the 21st Century

What is Literacy in the 21st Century?
Zachary Nicol

Published on Aug 10, 2014

21st-century literacy is fundamentally changing the way teachers and students interact in the classroom.  This is my final assessment assignment for EDCG648 at UMass Boston in Summer 2014 to explain what 21st-century literacy truly is.  Educational and non-commercial use allowed without consent.  All other applications require approval.

Link to Video: What is Literacy in the 21st Century?

21st Century Literacy

Published on Apr 19, 2012

Link to Video: 21st Century Literacy

Voki Link Below

Voki Your Message

Below is a button link to Voki.com. Now you can make your very own avatar and communicate with your students.  Voki is a fun tool that you can use to give instructions; students can apply this technology homework, classwork, projects, or presentations. You can customize your avatar's appearance, voice, what they say, and share with others!

Voki Make your own avatar


Google Classroom


Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students. 

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Google Classroom

Google Slides


Google Slides is a presentation software that comes with Google Drive is called Google Slides. It lets teachers and students collaborate with others creating slides in real time. You can insert text boxes, images, videos, shapes, arrows, equations, and callouts. It is similar to an online PowerPoint software.

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Google Slides

Google Sites


Google Sites is a structured wiki- and Web page-creation tool offered by Google. The goal of Google Sites is for anyone to be able to create simple web sites that support collaboration between different editors.  It is a free and easy way students, and teachers can create a public web page to share with others. 

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Google Sites

Google Drive


Google Drive allows teachers and students to create and edit documents, spreadsheets, drawings, even presentations, providing them with an online office suite. It's almost like having a computer in the browser. To use Google Drive, all you need is a Google ID. ... Google Drive offers 5 GB of storage for free.

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Google Drive

Google Docs


Google Docs is a powerful online word processing system with useful features, many of which can be used productively in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to do collaborative work, get feedback in real time, share their documents on the web, and collaborate and brainstorm as a team.

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Google Docs



Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. One of the best benefits that come as a result of blogging is that it will enable students to express and hone their creativity. ... Bloggers always need to use their creativity and thinking to develop unique and original content. 

Video Link on using Blogger with students 

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21st Century Literacy and Learning


New expectations for 21st Century Leaners - Videos

I Teach Therefore You Learn.. Or Do you?


Published on Feb 28, 2009

Exploring the changing expectations of our students.

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I Teach Therefore You Learn.. Or Do you?

21st Century Education - Videos

21st Century Education - Australia


Published on May 7, 2012

Exploring 21st Century Education - Redefining the education experience for students and teachers

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21st Century Education - Australia

Learning to Change - Changing to Learn


Published on May 15, 2008

Learning to Change Changing to Learn Advancing K-12 Technology Leadership, Consortium for School Networking(COSN) Video

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Learning to Change-Changing to Learn

Teaching in the 21st Century


Published on Oct 24, 2010 

Some big ideas around 21st-century skills and teaching with technology. Created as a summary of the ASB Unplugged Conference in Mumbai, India 2010. Compiles thoughts from leaders in tech education and explores the big topics of conversation around what the 21st-century classroom looks like now. Filmed from an original Prezi

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Teaching In The 21st Century

21st Century Literacy

Sancia Baratto

Published on Oct 20, 2016

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21st Century Literacy

Example of a 21st Century School

Carpe Diem Schools


Published on Jun 28, 2011

Carpe Diem Collegiate High School is a blended-learning school that blends the best of face-to-face instruction, technology, and extended learning opportunities to boost student achievement. Carpe Diem is working -- now it's your turn to "seize the day." 

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Carpe Diem Schools

Integrating Technology Into Your Classroom - SAMR Model

SAMR is a model used to to describe various levels of integrating technology into the classroom. In the acronym SAMR the S stands for Substitution, A for Augmentation, M for Modification, and R for Redefinition.
Common Sense Education  

Published on Jul 12, 2016 The SAMR Model is a way for teachers to evaluate how they integrate technology into their teaching. Is it an act of substitution? Augmentation? Modification? Or redefinition? 

Behind the SAMR Model - The Creator Explains Why and How

Common Sense Education

Published on Jul 12, 2016

Watch Dr. Ruben Puentedura, creator of the SAMR Model, explain how teachers can apply the model's concepts to reflect on how they're using educational technology in their teaching.



WebQuest Samples and Links Below

The Benefits of WebQuests:

As more kids gain access to technology in their homes and gain access to the World Wide Web, some teachers might decide that they don't need to focus on that so much. "Well, the kids have access to this at home, so I don't need to put special emphasis on it." And the danger of that is, while it is true that many of our kids have developed tremendous technological skills, (they know how to turn the equipment on, they know how to gain access), it doesn't mean that they have the research skills or the wisdom to know how to make meaning out of the stuff that they're finding. And that's where human intervention in the form of teachers working side by side with the students becomes more important now than ever. 

 - David Thornburg

Sample WebQuest:

Rock Cycle WebQuest

LINK: THE ROCK CYCLE by: Bridgett Locken - Published February 24, 2019

This WebQuest covers 4th grade Rock Cycle Science Standards: 

Learn about the ROCK CYCLE and ROCK TYPES by watching the videos and studying the rock collection images below. You can take the QUIZZES at the end to see how much you have learned!

More Links to WebQuest Examples and Ideas:

WebQuests Based on Content Area from TeAchnology

Learn More About WebQuests

TeAchnology's Six Reasons Teachers To Use Web Quests

1. To begin a unit as an anticipatory set (as per Madeline Hunter);

2. To conclude a unit as a summation;

3. As a collaborative activity in which students create a product (fostering cooperative learning);

4. To teach students how to be independent thinkers since most of the problems encountered in a Web Quest are real-world problems;

5. To increase competency in the use of technology; and

6. As a motivational techniques to keep students on task. However, if it proves to be an inefficient method of learning for your particular students (for whatever reasons), don't use it!

More about WebQuests from TeAchnology

Cyber Bullying / Anti-bullying laws

Cyber Bullying


Voltaire once said, "With great power comes great responsibility." That is still true today. We as educators need to be mindful of our responsibility while our students are online. There are many laws in place that protect students from being bullied. We, as educators, need to know what our responsibility is when it comes to cyberbullying and our students. 

According to the American Medical Association, 160,000 students every day are absent from school because they are concerned about being bullied. According to i-Safe America (a non-profit organization dedicated to internet safety), approximately 40% of children between 4-8th grades have been bullied online. This number increases for teens.

Below are some resource links on what teachers can do about cyberbullying in their classroom:

Education World Resource Link

Scholastics Resources Link

Cyberbullying Today and Anti-Bullying Laws 

The link below is to the Anti-bullying Laws in California 

This link shows a list of States with Anti-Bullying Laws