Interactive Video Learning Transliteracy- QR Codes and Art Transliteracy is defined on Wikipedia as The ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and film, to digital social networks. The modern meaning of the term combines literacy with the prefix trans-, which means “across; through”, so a transliterate person is one who is literate across multiple media. Ryan Nadel, in an interview on Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning, defines transliteracy even further: “The most fundamental notion of transliteracy is the ability to adapt. It’s creating a literacy and fluidity between mediums that’s not tied to space or modality.” I agree with Ryan: Transliteracy is closely related to “fluency“: Let me share a transliterate learning opportunity with you that I created (Art, iPads, QR codes, Language Arts and Digital Storytelling) in collaboration with our Art teacher, Mrs. Related My World of Reading- Part I 9. In "Books" Designing New Literacies 17. 18.
Publishing Student Writing -- and Your Own When I was a classroom teacher, my kids published a lot of books. We carefully finished our pages and then used the plastic spiral binder in the teachers' room to bind the pages into book form. We would put them on display in the classroom or in the library. Publishing was important. It gave me the opportunity to take the moral high ground and ask the kids to do their very best because their writing was headed for publication. We all know that real audiences make a difference. Easier Than It Seems But publishing a book doesn't only bring the best out of our students. This is when I remembered talking with people who had self-published their books online through a Web site called Lulu. So it was now time to get this thing done. When the text and images were ready, I put them together in a NeoOffice document and exported it as a PDF file. Next, I used the supplied templates to create a cover. Hard Copies, or Virtual? Credit: Jim Moulton So, there you go. Students as Published Authors
Great Web Tools Every year, so many new technology tools for teachers are launched into the market that it can be nearly impossible to keep up with them all. In order to keep you up-to-date with the latest and greatest educational tech tools, our team of edtech specialists has put together this list of the best edtech resources and technology tools for teachers. Clicking on the links below will take you to hundreds of apps, websites, extensions, and more. Whether you're looking for a specific tech tool or just trying to find something new and interesting for your class, we encourage you to browse around all of the different categories to see how many wonderful resources are available for your students. Also, if you have a tool that you'd like to see added to the list, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The following technology tools for teachers have been organized by academic subjects, topics, and learning activity.
Transliteracy | Making IT Educational What is transliteracy? It originated with the cross-disciplinary Transliteracies Project group, headed by Alan Liu from the Department of English at the University of California-Santa Barbara. The main focus of that group is the study of online reading. After attending a conference by this group in 2005, Sue Thomas, professor of new media at De Montfort University, came up with a working definition for transliteracy to be, “the ability to read, write, and interact across a range of platforms, tools, and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and films, to digital social networks.” Transliteracy is basically what it means to be literate in the 21st century. This terminology is new, so will most likely evolve over time. The term “authentic” is often used in context with 21st century technology skills in integrating technology in education. This year we started class blogs in the elementary department.
Using Web Tools for Student Publishing: Tools for Collaborating Have you ever tried to have a group of students write a report together? If so, then you know how difficult it can be to make sure all students contribute to the final product. If the report is written using a computer, it can be even more of a challenge as one student writes and the rest of the group sits to the side. One advantage to using online writing tools is that many students can simultaneously contribute to the same document. Online word processors such as Google Docs allow students to write together even if they aren’t in the same room. Plus, because a history of changes is kept for the document, it’s easy to see who’s written what. Wikis are another great online writing tool. Wiki tools are usually much easier to understand than standard Web page creation tools It is easy to track changes to any page and to revert to an older version if needed You can decide whether your wiki pages are private or shared with the public. Here are some online tools to help you get started: