The National Council of Teachers of English identify the new expectations for 21st Century Literacy --
Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology
Students in the 21st century should have experience with and develop skills around technological tools used in the classroom and the world around them. Through this they will learn about technology and learn through technology. In addition, they must be able to select the most appropriate tools to address particular needs.
- Do students use technology as a tool for communication, research, and creation of new works?
- Do students evaluate and use digital tools and resources that match the work they are doing?
- Do students find relevant and reliable sources that meet their needs?
- Do students take risks and try new things with tools available to them?
- Do students, independently and collaboratively, solve problems as they arise in their work?
- Do students use a variety of tools correctly and efficiently?
The Library Division of the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment supports:
- Student independent reading and research through instruction in information literacy skills, supported by AASL's Standards for 21st Century Learners and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
- Staff development in effective use of technologies and best practices in media literacy and digital citizenship.
- The management of K -12 library collections through the use of automated circulation systems.
- The expansion of educational outreach to students, parents, and community members.
- The use of libraries as reference and meeting centers for professionals, non professionals and small business owners and organizations recognized by the district.