Tuesday, October 30, 2007

21st Century Standards Technology Literacy - vision for teaching & learning

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have developed a set of standards that "offer vision for teaching and learning to both guide and beckon our profession as education leaders. "

9 foundational common beliefs are defined:

  • Reading is a window to the world.
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
  • Equitable access is a key component for education.
  • The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
  • The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
  • Learning has a social context.
  • School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.
The document explores how learners use skills, resources, and tools to
  1. inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge;
  2. draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge;
  3. share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society;
  4. pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
Direct download of pdf [ link ]

Explore some of the other resources available on AASL:
  • Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development [ link ]
  • Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet [ link ]
Other 21st century overviews/reports - technology literacy:

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