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21st Century Literacy and Skills in the Language Arts Classroom

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Elisabeth Meinig

on 6 June 2013

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Transcript of 21st Century Literacy and Skills in the Language Arts Classroom

Using Blogs to Enhance Best Writing Practices
by Elisabeth Meinig 21st Century Literacy and Skills in the
Language Arts Classroom Conclusions and Recommendations 21st Century Literacy: In an effort to help my students be more 21st Century literate, I wanted to see how the 21st Century Skills of collaboration, sharing with an audience, and creating could fit into the Language Arts Classroom. What I did: 21st Century
Skills Collaboration Problem Solving Finding & Evaluating
Information Analytical Thinking Communicating Creating and Innovating Tools of Technology Sharing Information Managing Multiple Streams of Information Multimedia Texts Financial and
Media Literacy Global Awareness Writing...and Blogs! Rationale For Study All current students are considered "digital natives."

Students are expected to be proficient in 21st Century Literacy and 21st Century Skills before they graduate.

A wide array of creative, engaging, and beneficial ways to activate 21st century skills exist. Context and Demographics Methods
analytical framework
creative response with peer feedback

in conjunction with a novel School pop. 976 students in grades 6-8
13% on Free and Reduced Lunch
Suburban school setting
Four 8th Grade Language Arts classes (N=96)
One higher ability group, one lower ability group, and two mixed ability classes Specifically, I examined how the creation of student blogs affected student motivation, effort in writing, and responsiveness to peer feedback. Student Surveys Asked students about their perceived level of effort put into writing, their motivation to complete assignment on blog vs. other formats, and responsiveness to peer feedback Given after each assignment was completed What I found: Perceived Amount of Motivation Across All Blog Assignments Amount of Perceived Effort Across All Blog Assignments Responsiveness to Peer Feedback More students took into consideration their peers' feedback and made edits based on their peer feedback than not Having students work as a group on one blog might result in increased motivation and effort in writing Blogs have the potential to access 21st century skills (collaboration, creativity, self-evaluation, sharing information), as well as helping our students become more proficient in tools of technology. A strength of _____is_____.
I noticed _____, but I wish_____. Three Blog Assignments Questions? References
National Council of Teachers of English (2013). Standards. Retrieved from:http://www.ncte.org/standardsPartnership for 21st Century Skills http://www.p21.org/overview/skills-framework/262
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