Educational CyberPlayGround

Forms of Visual and Media Literacy

21st Century Literacy Skills

"The illiterate of the year 2000 will not be the individual who cannot read and write, but the one who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." --- Alvin Toffler

David Kearns, former CEO of the Xerox Corporation, defines "uneducated" as "not knowing how to keep on learning." "Research tells us that we now have 100% new information every five years. If that trend continues, students who are in grades one through three will graduate during a time where, in some technological fields, there will be new information every 38 days. That could mean that the information they learned this month may be outdated two months from now!

Paul Saffo writes re: Origin of the Attention Economy
Herbert Simon, wrote in 1971: (but was talking about it in the 50's) "What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it." Herbert Simon "Designing Organizations for an Information-rich World" in Computers, Communications and the Public Interest" Martin Greenberged, ed. (Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins Press) 1971 pp 40-41

About Information Literacy
Texas Information Literacy Tutorial
Citing Internet Resources

Media Literacy

Media Literacy. com
Center for Media Literacy
50 state database - learn where media literacy fits in your state's teaching standardsAbout Newspapers
Newspaper Association of America
New Media Transformation

Multimedia Curriculum 1996

Information Literacy

The American Library AssociationSign Writing
by Valerie Sutton is a way to read, write, and type the movements of signed languages.

Visual Literacy

The International Visual Literacy Association
Digital Images and the New Visual Literacy