In our class last trimester, we were introduced to the word "transliteracy." After watching a video about it and learning a little more about the meaning, I realized that my journey though this Master's program has taught me how to incorporate transliteracy throughout my lessons. Not every student learns the same, that's not a new concept. But what is new is the way we deliver the content. It's not just lecturing anymore. Not only can we incorporate realia, visuals, discussions, etc. but now we have the whole internet at our disposal. Videos, games, and images are just a few more things to add to a teacher's tool box. This last trimester with my students I have been really trying to make sure I am adding more to meet the needs of all my learners. In one of my lessons I first taught the information with lecture and discussion, then I had a video from Edpuzzle for them to watch and answer questions, another day I had them play a game I found on the internet, and there was also pencil paper and visuals in between.
Once I started using Edpuzzle as another form of giving students information, they would literally cheer when they heard me say that they needed to watch a video on Edpuzzle. Then I found games that would teach the concept they were learning about and they couldn't wait to do them. So adding in these extra pieces into their learning has really increased engagement. Adding in more opportunity for student discussion and collaborative groups has also helped with student inclusion.
After learning about transliteracy it really had me thinking about what I needed to do to change my lessons. In our last class together, Joseph (I believe) mentioned that we should have our students present using transliteracy. I thought this was interesting because I never thought about having my students think about how to present using transliteracy, I only thought about how it could change how I present. I'm curious for next school year how I can have my students think about how they should present using different forms of media.
6/7/2018 10:38:46 am
Alicia, I agree with you that our blended classrooms that we are continuing to perfect are truly incorporating transliteracy. We are designing lessons that come in all different mediums to meet the needs of our various learners. It is differentiation but in a technological way. I also still blend in paper and pencil activities. I think that a transliterate student still has strong written skills and can learn from paper based assignments as well as a variety of digital ways. I have also been thinking about how I can create more transliterate lessons as well as create opportunities for my students to practice presenting their knowledge in different formats and becoming effective at doing so.
6/8/2018 02:53:10 pm
Alicia, as I sat to write my blog last night, my thoughts were very similar to yours. I think that throughout this program, we have been working on being transliterate and including many more components to our lessons which will allow our students to also become transliterate. Even though the concept of transliteracy is not new, we must be even more aware of it now, as we try to prepare our students with 21st Century skills.
6/9/2018 10:17:55 am
Its interesting, our experience with transliteracy seems to be so similar. I am impressed with how you have been able to incorporate so many of these elements into your daily routines in the classroom. You are right, I think that the more we grow as a society and the more technology that is created we need to remain diligent in our awareness of these skills and how we continue to use them in the classroom.
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