21st century literacies and May Day

Doing some reading around on “new literacies”, I came across the 21st Century Literacies Homepage  which states that “Today discrete disciplines have emerged around information, media, multicultural and visual literacies” and argues that it is the combinationof these literacies that our students need today. Although the homepage states that it was last updated in 2002, much of the subsequent content is more recent. The multicultural literacies pages are well worth looking at as they include not only definitions but good links and lesson plans. As ever, what’s on these pages may need to be adapted e.g. for an Australian or UK context, especially as the word multicultural means different things in different cultures.

Today is May Day. The first of May. May the first. So as they say in good drinking circles “May the thirst be with you”. Also, as my late colleague Bruce Thomson used to say, Sunday will be Star Wars Day – May the fourth be with you.

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