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Transliteracy… What if…

So I have been reading  and watching You Tube videos in an attempt to understand transliteracy.  From what I have come to understand, it is simply the ability to learn from a variety of methods and resources. For more educational purposes there is this definition- “Transliteracy is 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”. –  Sounds more professional.  Yes, in this world where we can press a button and speak to someone on the other side of the world, and even those who are not ( astronauts), transliteracy is a requirement. Even for those who “live off the grid”, unless you are Amish, you may have to press a button or enter a code when interacting with the rest of our highly connected society.

Experiments are being conducted in schools where electronic classrooms are quickly becoming the norm. Some schools are completed wired, the students all have laptops instead of textbooks, and I saw one experiment last year where students were given tablets that are connected to Khan Academy instead of mathbooks.  I think that it is crucial that a teacher or student can use any resource available to teach or learn. At the same time I believe in the 3r’s. I have taught students who did not grasp multiplication concepts  via computer animations, hands- on materials, or pen and paper. What did I do? I pulled out a Pilot Arithmatic mathbook printed in 1832 and took the lesson back to the basics “3 fives are 15 , plus one” , and so on. Oral repetition, it worked and helped reinforce the lesson for the few students who needed reinforcement.

All of this research on transliteracy and  metaliteracy has caused me wonder, what would happen if the Great Plug of Connectivity were to be pulled instantly and indefinitely?


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  1. VanessaVaile on said:

    pulling the Great Plug would disconnect wired networks…. to be sure a major speed bump on the connectivist information superhighway… but not connectivism itself. We’d just go back to building learning networks the old slow way. Not even know what one was, I created my first one in the late 50s. No computers. Do the math.

    I’ve been thinking about looking at the history of trade networks for old-new ways to think about social networks, network building and networked learning. Networks then and now. Might make an interesting page / content curation project

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