“It’s not the future of the book but the future of the reader that should concern us.”
Stephen King

Access is no longer the singular issue in literacy. With basic competencies you can have access to content beyond your wildest imagination. They literacy competencies now concern how to find and filter the information via people (your network)

So what literacies must we educators master before we can help students make the most of these powerful potentials? It starts, as author Clay Shirky (2008) suggests, with an understanding of how transparency fosters connections and with a willingness to share our work and, to some extent, our personal lives.

The ability to see and understand literacy from a network perspective requires more than a TO DO List it requires a TO BE LIST. The behaviors embodied by those who are literate become the key piece of the social agreements we choose to live by as individuals and citizens of a global community.


In the 21st Century we evolve our TO DO List into a TO BE List beginning of a social contract upheld by the human beings who act with and in service of literacy’s privilege.
Influence is very real, and we’re learning more every day about how ideas spread. The basic principles and behaviors are easy to apply into our lessons.

Be Clear and Concise:

Be Original:

Be Passionate: Every movement and message is built on/around the passion of creators. Passion is the key to garnering attention and moving messages to the masses. This inspiring devotion is not new nor is it mysterious. Powerful words and stories have fueled innovation and change long before Brands like Apple, Harley Davidson and Zappos brought this into the digital realm.

Be Connected: Connecting and being connected is not something that is nice; it is necessary for ideas to take hold.: It’s been a longstanding principle in biology that organisms grow out of a substrate. In a similar way, social messages flow through dense networks much more efficiently than sparse ones. There aretools and techniques that now evaluate connectedness, and help guide us in how and in what ways to communicate more efficiently.

Be Social: Probably the most important principle of digital communication is to give people a platform and place to share. It’s no accident that on every site and in every medium we have share buttons. Our need to share is not new. But social technologies offer us new possibilities to find,promote, encourage our community around important ideas and concepts.

Be Curious: Learn how to ask questions, seek new ideas, and pursue new networks and opportunities.

Be Kind

Be Bold: Sitting on the sidelines is not an option.

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