The NCTE Definition of 21st Century Literacies

Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee, February 15, 2008

“Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies… “

Twenty-first century readers and writers need to
  • Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
  • Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
  • Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
  • Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

ISTE’s Educational Technology Standards for Students

Revised 2007
"What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world …”

Creativity and Innovation
  • Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology
Communication and Collaboration
  • Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
Research and Information Fluency
  • Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information
• Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
Digital Citizenship
  • Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
Technology Operations and Concepts
  • Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.