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Literacy Is Still Not Enough

Modern Fluencies for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

By: Nicky Mohan, Ian Jukes, Ryan L. Schaaf

Six fluencies for today are examined with innovative steps to reflect social, cultural, and economic shifts. Practical resources feature Fluency Unit Plan Exemplars, assessment rubrics, and discussion questions.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544381268
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2021
  • Page Count: 248
  • Publication date: February 02, 2021

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Modern fluencies provide a platform for authentic teaching, learning, and assessment 
While reading, writing, and arithmetic remain important, they are no longer enough. For learners to thrive, they must move beyond traditional literacies to modern fluencies—the unconscious mental processes that are learned, adapted, and applied in the context of real-world problems and challenges.

In this book, the authors unpack the fluencies (solution, information, creativity, communication, collaboration, and global citizenship) to reflect the relentless social, cultural, and economic shifts of modern times. Practical resources are presented alongside:

  • Authentic Unit Plan Exemplars for each fluency
  • Assessment rubric examples
  • Discussion questions

Learners today must master an entirely different set of essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed than previous generations. This book provides a practical framework for integrating new fluencies into traditional curriculum.


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Nicky Mohan

Dr. Nicky Mohan is a global citizen by choice. Born and raised in South Africa, she now shares her time between New Zealand and Canada. Nicky has been a classroom teacher, a school administrator, a university leader, a business sector manager, a co-operate trainer, an international speaker, and a global consultant and acknowledged expert in the field of instructional design. Dr. Mohan also worked as the Director of Curriculum for the 21st Century Fluency Group (Canada). She is currently the Managing Partner of the InfoSavvy Group (Canada), and Director and co-founder of SpringBoard21 (USA), international educational consulting firms. Nicky has co-written five books including the award-winning Reinventing Learning for the Always-on Generation; and is a member of the Teacher Task Force - UNESCO core working group on ‘The Role of AI in Education’. To contact her and get to know more about her work and her team, follow @nickymohan on Twitter, visit their websites - and and subscribe to their YouTube channel
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Ian Jukes

Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor, and keynote speaker. He is the director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in the areas of assessment and evaluation, strategic alignment, curriculum design and publication, professional development, planning, change management, hardware and software acquisition, information services, customized research, media services, and online training as well as conference keynotes and workshop presentations. Over the past 10 years, Jukes has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 7,000 presentations, typically speaking to between 300,000 and 350,000 people a year. His Committed Sardine Blog is read by more than 78,000 people in 75 countries.
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Ryan L. Schaaf

Ryan Schaaf is the Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Notre Dame of Maryland University, and a faculty associate for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education Graduate Program, with over 15 years in the education field. Before higher education, Ryan was a 3rd-grade public school teacher, instructional leader, curriculum designer, and a technology integration specialist in Howard County, Maryland. In 2007, he was nominated for Howard county and Maryland Teacher of the Year.

In the past, Ryan has published several research articles in the New Horizons for Learning and the Canadian Journal of Action Research related to the use of digital games as an effective instructional strategy in the classroom.

Currently, he is overseeing and constructing peer-reviewed K-12 lesson units for the 21st Fluency Project, where he is also a featured contributor for the renowned Committed Sardine blog. He enjoys presenting sessions and keynotes about the potential for gaming in the classroom, the characteristics of 21st-century learning, and emerging technologies and trends in education.

Ryan is happily married to his beautiful wife Rachel and has two little boys that are his pride and joy. In his free time he enjoys fishing, exercising, gardening, and volunteering in local schools.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Preface: Evolution of the Fluencies


About the Authors

PART I: Setting the Scene for the Modern Fluencies

Chapter 1: Highly Educated Useless People


Chapter 2: Education in the Age of Disruption

     Disruptive Innovation

     The iPhone as a Disruptor

     Disruption Is Everywhere

     What Is Exponential?


     Where Do We Begin?

Chapter 3: From Literacy to Fluency: The Starting Point

     Literacy Is Still Not Enough

     Conscious Application of Essential Skills

     Unconscious Application of Essential Skills

     Modern Learning Fluencies

     The Path Forward

Chapter 4: Modern Learning Pedagogy and the Learning Progression

     Learning Theorists and the Modern Fluencies

     The Progression of Thought and Learning

     The Role of Technology in the Modern Fluencies

     Using Mental Processes

     Heutagogy and the Fluencies

     Modern Learning Skills

     Context and Meaning: The Velcro of Learning

Chapter 5: Modern and Future-Ready Learning Environments

     Types of Modern Learning Environments

     It’s All About Mindsets, Not Materials or Miracles

     Know Thy Learner: Cultural Competency

     The Learning Space: Fabricating a Place of Imagination and Endless Potential

     Essential Attributes of Modern Learning Environments

     Screen Time

     Cultivating Optimal Learning Environments

PART II: An Introduction to the Modern Fluencies

Chapter 6: Teaching and Learning Using the Modern Fluencies

     What Are the 6 Modern Fluencies?

     Why There Are Nine Steps to Each Fluency

Chapter 7: Solution Fluency: Real-World Problem Solving

     Step 1: Define

     Step 2: Determine

     Step 3: Discover

     Step 4: Dream

     Step 5: Design

     Step 6: Deliver

     Step 7: Diagnose

     Step 8: Debrief

     Step 9: Decide

Chapter 8: Collaboration Fluency: Global Connections

     Step 1: Explain

     Step 2: Establish

     Step 3: Explore

     Step 4: Envision

     Step 5: Engineer

     Step 6: Execute

     Step 7: Examine

     Step 8: Evaluate

     Step 9: Extend

Chapter 9: Information Fluency: InfoWhelm and HyperInformation

     Step 1: Ask

     Step 2: Audience

     Step 3: Access

     Step 4: Authenticate

     Step 5: Assemble

     Step 6: Apply

     Step 7: Assess

     Step 8: Analyze

     Step 9: Action

Chapter 10: Communication Fluency: Text and Multimedia

     Step 1: Pose

     Step 2: Pinpoint

     Step 3: Prepare

     Step 4: Picture

     Step 5: Plan

     Step 6: Produce

     Step 7: Probe

     Step 8: Ponder

     Step 9: Pledge

Chapter 11: Creativity Fluency: Innovation and Imagination

     IQ versus CQ

     Step 1: Illustrate

     Step 2: Identify

     Step 3: Inquire

     Step 4: Imagine

     Step 5: Initiate

     Step 6: Implement

     Step 7: Inspect

     Step 8: Investigate

     Step 9: Inspire

Chapter 12: Global Citizenship: Citizenship in the Digital Age

     Cultivating Good Citizens Online and Offline

     Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

     Global Citizenship Passport

Chapter 13: Authentic Assessment: Techniques and Strategies

     Summative and Formative Assessments

     Authentic Assessment


     Types of Rubrics

     Creating Assessments and Rubrics Aligned to the Modern Fluencies

     The Overview of the Unit: Full of Hot Air

     The Importance of Peer and Self-Assessment

     Feedback and Feedforward


     Tools for Formative Assessment and Rubrics

PART III: Moving Forward

Chapter 14: The Future of Education Is Now: Are You Ready?

     An Overview of the Fluencies

     When and How to Use the Fluencies

     Today’s Learners Are Different

Chapter 15: Fluency Resources

     Fluency Digital Libraries

     Fluency Lesson Sparks

     Fluency Lesson Planning Template