21st Century Literacies

Web based tools for the 21st Century teacher

NCTE Framework Elements

Elements

  • Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology;

  • Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought;

  • 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 multimedia texts;

  • Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments.

Stormboard




Stormboard addresses many of the NCTE Framework elements. The first element that this literacy tool addresses is to “build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought.” This tool addresses this element because it allows students to work collaboratively with others, while having them analyze the work of others and develop their own points of view. Another element that this tool addresses is to “design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes.” This tool allows up to 5 people to collaborate on a Stormboard at once. Students can then post the completed board and share it with others. The Stormboards can be made with different templates to serve different purposes, from comparing and contrasting books to arguing a point of view of a topic. The last element that this literacy tool addresses is to “create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts.” Students can add a variety of texts, images, videos, and files to their Stormborad to address their key ideas being presented.

Cacoo

Cacoo addresses many of the NCTE Framework elements. The first element that this literacy tool addresses is to “manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information.” Students are able to put various information into a Cacoo template. They can analyze various information sources and place them in an easy to comprehend manner with Cacoo. The next element that Cacoo addresses is to “design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes.” Students are able to input any information that is relevant to the topic they are covering into a Cacoo. Then, they can work collaboratively with other students to add more information, or share their finished creation with others. The last element that this tool addresses is to “develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology.” Students can begin using templates when they first start Cacoo. As they gain confidence in their skills and abilities with the program, they can then build their own formatting and designs from scratch.

Powtoon


Powtoon is a literacy tool that addresses many of the NCTE Framework elements. The first element addressed is to “design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes.” Students can create a Powtoon to share with others based on a plethora of topics. Students can introduce themselves using Powtoon, do a book talk, or discuss a scientific experiment. Another element that Powtoon addresses is to “develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology.” By using this tool, students will become more fluent with the creation of a Powtoon. Students can start by using a template, and build up their fluency in order to create their own from scratch. The last element that is addressed through Powtoon is to “create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia text.” Using Powtoon, students can create a variety of texts in order to present information. Students can share their creations with each other via vimeo, Youtube, Wistia, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, or email. Students can also download their PowToon as a PDF to share with others as well. Students can then comment on each other’s Powtoons and critique and analyze their creations.

ThingLink


ThingLink is a literacy tool that addresses NCTE Framework elements. THe first element that is addressed is to “design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes.” This element is addressed because students can create a ThingLink that focuses on a topic and then share it with others to get information across. The next element that ThingLink addresses is to “manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information.” By incorporating various items into the ThingLink, students are accessing a variety of information and placing it all on one image. Students can choose which information is relevant to their assignment and analyze how to incorporate it into their ThingLink. The last element that ThingLink addresses is to “create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts.” Students can create a ThingLink with this tool and send it to other students to assess and critique each other’s work. Students can also link various texts, images, and videos to the ThingLink and incorporate a variety of multimedia items.

Creately


Creately addresses many of the NCTE Framework elements. The first element that this literacy tool addresses is to “build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought.” Students can use these diagrams to present different information and show contrasting points of view of a topic. Working collaboratively on a diagram, students can compare and contrast ideas and work together to find commonality between two opposing things. Another element that Creately addresses is to “develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology.” Students can begin using templates when they first start Creately. As they gain confidence in their skills and abilities with the program, they can then build their own formatting and designs by starting with a blank template. The last element that Creately addresses is to “design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes.” Students can generate a diagram that can be exported and shared with multiple people. Students can also work collaboratively on a diagram to reach numerous goals.