Transliteracies

Where does one literacy end and another begin? This is quite a topic of debate in today’s schools and media centers. Today, the 21-st century learner is literate in a number of areas: Web 2.0, print resources, computers and technology. I don’t think that one literacy necessarily ends and another begins, but most literacies are now intertwined-it seems they have to be to keep students motivated and engaged in learning.

Students have cell phones, laptops, e-readers, iPods. Most students will have some kind of computer/technology item, if not multiple items. Children and young adults have made these items part of their daily routine outside of school. There has to be a way to incorporate new ways of learning with traditional methods. This hybrid would contain the best of both worlds to produce a student who is literate in multiple levels and areas.

Though students now use the Internet and computers for research and assignments, it doesn’t mean print resources are completely obsolete. Print resources still have a place in the library, but they are no longer the sole provider of information. These print resources now cohabitate with electronic and digital resources.

One article mentions that technology is rapidly incorporated into classrooms around the globe. Because of this, schools are beginning to modify curriculum to meet these changes. They are not throwing away old methods of learning, but mixing technology with the current standards.

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4 thoughts on “Transliteracies

  1. Nicely put Allison, you are right on that just because technology is so popular and important now does not mean that print resources should be discarded or thought of as less useful than the technological counterpart. To truly help our students to become fully literate which to me encompasses all forms of literacies we need to use every type and combine multiple forms as much as possible!

  2. Great post, Allison. You have a great point about how students are using iPods, ereaders, phones, and laptops at home and we can be incorporating these in classrooms and libraries as well. We also are asking students to use more digital media for research along with print materials and they need to know how to navigate, manipulate, and organize both types of literature. I guess the next question is how to teach students to do this with both modes of reading? Also, how much can we assume students know/need to know via instruction?

    • I think it’s needed to provide students with a strong foundation of research skills. Show them how to evaluate a source-look at date, who it was written by etc. Then show students examples of this with print and electronic sources.

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